The Torah Portion for this Shabbat is Tzav, plus the Hatarah for Shabbat HaGadol

The Torah reading for this week’s Shabbat is Tzav, the second portion of the book of Leviticus (Leviticus 6:1-8:36). It continues the discussion of the different types of sacrifices. It also contains one of the dietary laws, forbidding the consumption of blood; and it describes the consecration ritual of the priests Aaron and his sons.

This Shabbat is Shabbat HaGadol, the Great Sabbath before Pesach. A special Haftarah is read, Malachi 3:4-24. It promises that despite Israel’s sins, G-d will reward repentance and will “send the prophet Elijah to you before the coming of the awesome, fearful day of the Lord.”

This illustration of the consecration of Aaron and his sons comes from the 1890 Holman Bible.