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Shabbat Tzav: Levit. 6.1-8.36.
Shabbat Hagadol
Haftorah: Malachi 3.4-24.

Parashat Tzav: As the different sacrifices were enumerated in last week’s Sidra (Torah Reading), today we read more about these offerings, focusing on the duties of the priests. Certain parts are consumed by fire on the Mizbayach (altar), while other parts are to be eaten by the priests, and still others to be eaten by the person who brought the offering. To ensure the proper eating of them, the Torah gives us a short glimpse into rules of eating meat. We neither eat of a carcass of an animal that has died of neveilah (natural causes) nor of one that is terefah (has been torn apart by wild beasts). Also, no blood may be consumed. The Sidra closes with the inauguration of Aaron into the Priesthood of Israel. Every Kohein who will ever live will be a direct male descent of Aaron.

Shabbat HaGadol: There are several reasons why this Shabbat is called the Shabbat HaGadol, the Great Shabbat. The Torah declares that the 15th of Nisan 2448, occurred on a Thursday. Wednesday, the day before, was when B’nai Yisrael offered the 1st Korban Pesach. Each household was to gather a sheep four-days before that and tie it to their bedposts. This Korban Pesach was the 1st Mitzvah given to the Nation. Since 4 days before Wednesday is Shabbat, we call the Shabbat before Pesach, Shabbat HaGadol.

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