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Torah Portion: Va-yikra




Parashat Va-yikra
Leviticus 1:1 - 5:26

The text of Parashat Va-yikra is available online at
Parashat Va-yikra

Haftarat Va-yikra
Isaiah 43:21 - 44:23

The text of Haftarat Va-yikra is available online at
Haftarat Va-yikra



THE JERUSALEM JEWISH VOICE
THE WEEKLY TORAH READING-A FIRST GLANCE: VAYIKRA ("He called...")
LEVITICUS 1:1-5:26 A short study of the reading by Yaakov Fogelman,
who lectures on Torah and Zionism


THE HAFTARA: ISAIAH 43

Isaiah proclaims that Israel's prayer and repentance can bring them back to God, replacing korbonot, which can't be brought in exile; korbanot are worthless, a disgrace to God's Name, WHEN they're not used to return to God. So God addresses "observant" Jews, who persecute others-"MY SOUL HATES YOUR HOLIDAYS AND NEW MOONS. I CANNOT BEAR SIN AND ASSEMBLY" (Isaiah 1). Christian missionaries ignore this, when they equate atonement with blood sacrifices; they also ignore God's strong warnings against human sacrifice, from the Akada to the Molech cults, and His insistence upon their learning about His ways from His People, rather than teaching them (Isaiah 2).

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Dvar for Vayikra
Leviticus 1:1-5:26
by Shlomo Ressler

The very first Passuk in Sefer Vayikra (Leviticus) describes Hashem calling Moshe to tell him about all the different offerings that needed to be brought, and how they should be done. The last letter in the word "Vayikra", which means "called", was written smaller then the rest (the Alef). Why is this letter shrunk? Furthermore, why is the whole book called Vayikra, "And He called"?

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