VAYIKRAH PARSHA FRAMED 12 X 16
BOOK OF LEVITICUS
VaYikra (Leviticus)The Book of Leviticus, or Levites, is concerned with the ritual laws and the sacrificial cult. It describes the details of offering sacrifices. The book's emphasis is on purity and holiness. Even though the sacrificial system was abandoned with the destruction of the Second Temple in the year 70 CE, Leviticus continued to be an important influence on Jewish life: nearly half of the 613 commandments are found in it and much of the Talmud is based on it. In Europe, it was traditional for children beginning their Jewish learning to start with the book of Va-Yikra. There are twenty-seven chapters, divided into ten parashiyot. The parashiyot of Va-Yikra are: VaYikra, Tzav, Shemini, Tazria, Metzora, Achare Mot, Kedoshim, Emor, Behar, and Bechukotai.
VaYikra: Can we infuse our worship today with the passion and drama of the sacrifices?
The Book of Leviticus, or Levites, is concerned with the ritual laws and the sacrificial cult. It describes the details of offering sacrifices. The book's emphasis is on purity and holiness. Parashat Vayikra introduces the main theme of the book, which is sacrifices and other issues related to Israelite worship. In essence, the book is the guide for the Cohanim (Priests) and the Levites (members of the tribe of Levi) who were responsible for overseeing the Tabernacle and facilitating the worship of the Israelites. The parasha presents the different kinds of sacrifices: the Olah (burnt offering), the Mincha (meal offering), the Zevach Shelamim (peace offering or sacrifice of well-being), the Chatat (sin offering), and the Asham (guilt offering).
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