Bereft of the Temple experience and the Divine service for 2000 years, how are we today supposed to understand the true inner essence of the animal offerings in the Holy Temple, described in detail in this week's Torah reading of Vayikra? For whose benefit are they conducted? For man or for G-d's? And what is the meaning of the "sweet savor" of the offerings that so delights G-d?
Vayikra (Leviticus 1:1-5:26)
Parashat Vayikra is read on Shabbat:
Nisan 3, 5780/March 28, 2020
The Book of Leviticus, the Divine Service, and the Temple Offerings: Heart of the Torah
As we usher in the glorious month of Nisan, time of Redemption, the people of Israel now begin to read the third book of the Bible, Leviticus, called 'the heart of the Torah.' How do we understand the korbanot, the Temple offerings, which seem so difficult to relate to in our modern world? Rabbi Chaim Richman and Jim Long discuss the meaning and significance of the Temple offerings in the shadow of a world paralyzed by the Corona virus, which is now keeping nearly three billion people the world over in lock-down.
Rabbi Chaim Richman Jerusalem Lights | Torah for Everyone
Jerusalem Lights | Torah for Everyone