Tzav (Leviticus 6-8 )
GOOD MORNING! I just love this piece and had to share it with you. Who amongst us appreciates the women in our lives sufficiently? Love is the pleasure one has in focusing on the good in someone. All of us have good in us that others can appreciate; likewise, others have good in them that we can appreciate it. Reading the following piece cannot help, but give an appreciation for womankind. That means that every woman has these qualities and can be appreciated.
When I made woman she had to be special.
I made her shoulders strong enough to carry the weight of the world;
yet, gentle enough to give comfort....
I gave her an inner strength to endure childbirth and the rejection that times comes from her children....
I gave her a hardness that allows her to keep going when everyone else gives up and take care of her family through sickness and fatigue without complaining....
I gave her the sensitivity to love her children under any and all circumstances, even when her child has hurt her very badly....
This same sensitivity helps her to make a child's boo-boo feel better and shares in her teenager's anxieties and fears....
I gave her strength to carry her husband through his faults and fashioned her from his rib to protect his heart.
I gave her a tear to shed; it's hers exclusively to use whenever it is needed. It's a tear for mankind....
Portion of the Week
This week's Torah portion includes the laws of: the Burnt Offering, Meal Offering, High Priest's Offering, Sin Offerings, Guilt Offerings and Peace Offerings. It concludes with the portions of the Peace Offerings which are allotted to the Priests and the installation ceremony of the Priest for serving in the Sanctuary.
based on Growth Through Torah by
Rabbi Zelig Pliskin
The Torah states, "Then (the Kohen/the priest) shall take off his garments and put on other garments and carry forth the ashes out of the camp unto a pure place" (Leviticus 6:4). What lesson to we learn from the ceremonious taking out the ashes from the altar each morning?
Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch comments that the taking out of the ashes that remained on the altar from the previous day expresses the thought that with each new day, the Torah mission must be accomplished afresh, as if nothing had yet been
accomplished. Every new day calls us to our mission with new devotion and sacrifice. The thought of what has already been accomplished can be the death of that which is till to be accomplished. Woe unto him who with smug self-complacency
thinks he can rest on his laurels, on what he has already achieved, and who does not meet the task of every fresh day with full devotion as if it were the first day of his life's work!
"Carry forth the ashes out of the camp." Every trace of yesterday's sacrifice is to be removed from the hearth on the Altar, so that the service of the new day can be started on completely fresh ground. Given these considerations, we can understand the law that prescribes the wearing of worn-out garments when one is
occupied with the achievements of the previous day. The past is not to be forgotten. However, it is to be retired to the background, and is not to invest us with pride before the fresh task to which each new day calls us. (Rabbi Hirsch's commentary)
Rabbi Hirsch lived in the 1800's. In today's vernacular, we might say, "Yesterday is a canceled check, tomorrow is a promissory note, today is cash. Spend it wisely!"
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CANDLE LIGHTING - March 24:
Jerusalem 5:14 Miami 6:16 New York 5:54
L.A. 5:50 Hong Kong 6:18 Singapore 6:56
Guatemala 5:51 Honolulu 6:25 J'Burg 5:56
Melbourne 7:09 Moscow 6:32 London 6:02
Atlanta 6:35 Toronto 6:17
QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
To know and not to do ...
is not to know.
Mazal Tov on the Marriage of
Corey & Andrew
and to the
German & Lindner Families