by Simon Rosenblatt - March 20, 2015
Chodesh tov. Happy anniversary. Oh, and happy new year. By now, some of you probably are asking, “Huh? What’s he talking about?” Well, I’ll get to that in a moment.
First, however, let’s spend a few moments exploring this week’s parashah, Vayikra, the first weekly portion in the book of Vayikra, Leviticus. Leviticus, as you might already know, is essentially a law book, a book of rules. This week’s portion devotes itself to a menu of sacrifices or korbanot, ranging from “simple” burnt offerings to sacrifices of well-being to guilt offerings. These sacrifices have long since been supplanted by our synagogue services, so from my perspective, I prefer to examine a few other topics this evening.