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Portion Tzav
Date 24 Mar 2018 / 8 Nisan 5778
Torah Leviticus 6:1-8:36
Haftarah Malachi 3:4-24
Brit Hadasha Hebrews 7:24-8:6

Tzav ("Command" | צו)

General Overview: This week's Torah reading, Tzav, continues describing the various sacrifices offered in the Tabernacle and Temple -- a topic started in last week's reading. This is followed by an account of the seven-day inaugural of the Tabernacle.


Tzav, Tsav, Zav, Sav, or in Biblical Hebrew Ṣaw (צַו‬ — Hebrew for "command," the sixth word, and the first distinctive word, in the parashah) is the 25th weekly Torah portion (פָּרָשָׁה‬, parashah) in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading and the second in the Book of Leviticus. The parashah teaches how the priests performed the sacrifices and describes the ordination of Aaron and his sons. The parashah constitutes Leviticus 6:1–8:36 (6:8–8:36 in the KJV). The parashah is made up of 5,096 Hebrew letters, 1,353 Hebrew words, and 97 verses, and can occupy about 170 lines in a Torah scroll (סֵפֶר תּוֹרָה‬, Sefer Torah).[1] Jews read it the 24th or 25th Sabbath after Simchat Torah, generally in the second half of March or the first half of April.[2][3] (see Resources below) has a significant insight about the sacrifices that should be mentioned:

Note that this parashah adds that the Chatat and Asham offerings were to be made at the same place (i.e., the north side of the mizbeach) as the Olah offering, suggesting that this was to spare any embarrassment for the Jew who came to confess sin (viduy) and be reconciled to God. If someone saw his friend offering korban, he would then not know if it were for Olah or for Chatat or Asham.[4] (emphasis added)

The Chatat and Asham offerings, "sin offering" and "guilt offering" respectfully, were to be 'hidden' from the public by being offered at the same place as the Olah, an "ascending offering". This teaches us that Adonai does not want to shame us for our sin, but rather He wants it to be between Him and us - making it as simple and easy as possible for us to be reconciled (to make teshuvah, to repent) and return to His open arms.

If we refuse to repent Adonai will take harsher actions, but remember it is "because Adonai disciplines the one He loves: and punishes every son He accepts"[5]. For if we do not have discipline, will we not be as wild animals? Our job is to be like Him, to follow His example[6], to eradicate the ways of death (sin, rebellion, etc), and to turn to life (and life more abundantly[7]).

Hebrews 12:4-6 (TLV)

4 In struggling against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of bloodshed. 5 Have you forgotten the warning addressed to you as sons?

“My son, do not take lightly the discipline of Adonai
or lose heart when you are corrected by Him,
6 because Adonai disciplines the one He loves
and punishes every son He accepts.”[8]

Remember, if Adonai is disciplining you, than He has accepted you as His. I know nothing greater to rejoice over than to be accepted as children of the Almighty.

Portion Outline


  • Leviticus 6:8 - Instructions concerning Sacrifices
  • Leviticus 7:11 - Further Instructions
  • Leviticus 8:1 - The Rites of Ordination


  • Jer 7:16 - The People's Disobedience

Brit Hadasha

  • Hebrews 7:(11)/24-7:28 - Yeshua, Our Kohen Gadol Forever
  • Hebrews 8:1-8:6/(13) - Yeshua, Mediator of a Better Covenant



  1. "Torah Stats — VaYikra". Akhlah Inc. Retrieved March 15, 2013.
  2. "Parashat Tzav". Hebcal. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
  3. Tzav (parsha) - Wikipedia. March 21, 2018
  5. Hebrews 12:4-6 (TLV)
  6. Ecclesiastes 12:13-14
  7. John 10:10
  8. Prov. 3:11-12

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