The Torah Portion for This Shabbat is Tzav

Parasha summaries are quoted or derived from MyJewishLearning.com

In this week’s Torah portion, Leviticus 6:1-8:36,God continues to describe the different laws of sacrifices. A distinction is made between sin offerings, burnt offerings, and homage offerings, with each following its own process. God then commands the priests to make another offering that ordains themselves in their positions. Moses consecrates Aaron and his sons as priests.

The Haftarah is Jeremiah 7:21-8:3 and 9:22-23. Here, the prophet Jeremiah expresses God’s frustration with the Israelites’ meaningless sacrifices and with their refusal to follow God’s commandments. Jeremiah predicts the coming of horrible punishment.

The illustration below shows Moses dedicating Aaron and his sons. It comes from the Holman Bible of 1890.