Torah Inspiration from Jerusalem Rabbi Yonatan Parshat Tzav 5778

Shalom from Rabbi Yonatan! This week the video D'var Torah was  shot at Yemin Moshe,

the first Jewish neighborhood built outside the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem in 1860, on a hill directly across from Mount Zion. 

This week we read Parshat Tzav;  [beginning of Leviticus chapter 6]. This week is also Shabbat HaGadol! The "Great Shabbat" that precedes the holiday of Passover. Traditionally a long sermon is given in the afternoon of this Shabbat to discuss the halakhot (laws) relating to the upcoming festival. There is even a tradition to begin reading the Haggadah on this Shabbat afternoon!

For those of you who are interested in reading the Torah texts that I mentioned or quoted in the video, I have included them below!

Shabbat Shalom!
Rabbi Yonatan


Leviticus chapter 6

1  And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 2  Command Aaron and his sons, saying, This is the Torah of the burnt offering; It is the burnt offering, because of the burning upon the altar all night to the morning, and the fire of the altar shall be burning in it.

ויקרא פרק ו
צו  א וַיְדַבֵּר יְהוָֹה אֶל־מֹשֶׁה לֵּאמֹר:  ב צַו אֶת־אַהֲרֹן וְאֶת־בָּנָיו לֵאמֹר זֹאת תּוֹרַת הָעֹלָה הִוא הָעֹלָה עַל מוֹקְדָה עַל־הַמִּזְבֵּחַ כָּל־הַלַּיְלָה עַד־הַבֹּקֶר וְאֵשׁ הַמִּזְבֵּחַ תּוּקַד בּו.

Leviticus Chapter 6
6  The fire shall be burning always upon the altar; it shall never go out.

ו אֵשׁ תָּמִיד תּוּקַד עַל־הַמִּזְבֵּחַ לֹא תִכְבֶּה:


Isaiah 56:7
7.  I will bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer; their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon my altar; for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.

ז וַהֲבִיאוֹתִים אֶל־הַר קָדְשִׁי וְשִׂמַּחְתִּים בְּבֵית תְּפִלָּתִי עוֹלֹתֵיהֶם וְזִבְחֵיהֶם לְרָצוֹן עַל־מִזְבְּחִי כִּי בֵיתִי בֵּית־תְּפִלָּה יִקָּרֵא לְכָל־הָעַמִּים:

Midrash Rabah 14:12
SEVENTY SHEKELS AFTER THE SHEKEL OF THE SANCTUARY symbolised the seventy nations who descended from him. (Noah)

Another exposition: allusion to the seventy names which the Holy One, blessed be He, bears, the seventy names which Israel bears, the seventy names of the Torah and the seventy names of Jerusalem.

שבעים שקל בשקל הקדש כנגד ע' אומות שיצאו ממנו... ד"א כנגד ע' שמות שיש לו להקב"ה, ע' שמות שיש לישראל, ע' שמות לתורה, ע' [70] שמות לירושלים 


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