Posted by: mosesfromsinai | March 7, 2011

Vayeekra – And He Called

This week we start the 3rd Book of the Torah called Vayeekra.  The Parsha of Vayeekra deals with the concept of sacrifices.  For many, this section is difficult to understand.  The idea of taking a cow, or goat or a sheep or even a bird to slaughter and offer up as a sacrifice somehow leaves an unpleasant taste in the mouth of many individuals. (we refer here purely to the burning on the alter and not the eating – that may taste good).

If one would examine our very first act of commitment and bond with the Al-mighty – Brit Milah – circumcision – that too is difficult to absorb.  We take an 8 day old baby boy and then — yep — snip – we get the picture.

It is interesting to further note that according to tradition the first section that a child is taught in the Torah is the 3rd Book, Vayeekra.  The Torah is indeed teaching us a basic fundamental – there will be things that we may find difficult to swallow – yet they are basic to Judaism.  From the earliest possible moment a young child is taught by action and in a few years later by learning – the importance of commitment.  From the very onset, a Jew is prepared to be committed to the Al-mighty and make the sacrifices that he/she may be called upon to make by the Al-mighty. “Vayeekra” (and He – the Al-mighty called).  We all have our own specific callings and at times there may be things that are distasteful – it requires sacrifice.


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