𝐏𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐓𝐢𝐭𝐥𝐞: Tzav Command — צו Tzav, Tsav, Zav, Sav, or Ṣaw (צַו — Hebrew for “command,” the sixth word, and the first distinctive word, in the parashah) is the 25th weekly Torah portion (פָּרָשָׁה, parashah) in the annual cycle of Torah reading and the second in the Book of Leviticus. The parashah teaches how the priests performed the sacrifices and describes the ordination of Aaron and his sons. The parashah constitutes Leviticus 6:1–8:36 (6:8–8:36 in the KJV). The parashah is made up of 5,096 Hebrew letters, 1,353 Hebrew words, 97 verses, and 170 lines in a Torah scroll (סֵפֶר תּוֹרָה, Sefer Torah). Jews read it the 24th or 25th Sabbath after Simchat Torah, generally in the second half of March or the first half of April.
𝐏𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐚𝐠𝐞: Leviticus 6-8
“If he has oppressed his neighbor…..” This is in the opening verses of this week’s Torah portion. Often we get caught up in certain aspects of Torah that are very important but not the whole of Torah. Yes the feast, Sabbath, the name, calendar, etc are important but justice and not oppressing your neighbor is also extremely important and if you oppress you are in sin. There were two tablets: Torah includes how you worship Yahweh and how you treat your fellow man or woman. Often we are majoring in everything but Yahweh’s call to justice. The Hebrews went into exile not just because they worshipped idols but because they oppressed their neighbor which usually follows after idol worship. Righteousness AND justice are the foundation of his throne (Psalm 89:14) you can’t forsake one and have the other. Oppression and Torah observance can’t be separated.
𝐐𝐮𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧: How are sin and oppression connected?
𝐋𝐞𝐭’𝐬 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐰𝐞𝐞𝐤’𝐬 𝐓𝐨𝐫𝐚𝐡 𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧!
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