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Parshat Tzav

By: Samantha Ebner (12th Grade)

In this week's Parsha, Parshat Tzav, Hashem commands Moshe to inform Aharon and his sons about their jobs with the Korbanot. 

Kohanim must make sure that there is always a fire burning in the Beit Hamikdash, and it is the Kohen’s responsibility to clean the ashes as well. Additionally, the Kohen Gadol must bring up a Mincha offering, of flour and oil, every day. Regular Kohanim, however, only bring a Mincha offering the first day that they begin their service. 

Moreover, the Kohanim must eat some Korbanot. There are strict laws with the time the Kohen can eat the Korban and how much of the Korban the Kohen must eat. The laws in regards to all of the Korbanot, which were taught in Parshat Vayikra, are repeated. 

Moshe anoints Aharon by pouring special oil on him and the Altar while wearing special clothing. Subsequently, Aharon and his sons brought a bull sacrifice to the altar and then ate the meat. They were instructed to stay in the Mishkan for seven days. 

Even though Judaism is a religion full of celebration, it requires a lot of effort. Some people may wonder if the investment they are making to have an observant home is necessary due to all of the strenuous tasks. By looking at Aharon and his sons, we see how important it is to continue to abide by Jewish laws and standards. Aharon and his sons devoted their lives to working in the Beit Hamikdash; they took on all of the responsibilities of Kohanim, and they treated their jobs seriously. Aharon and his sons set a good example for the rest of Klal Yisrael to constantly improve their levels of observance and preserve Judaism. 

Shabbat Shalom!

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