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Command [Aaron and His Sons]

The Eternal One spoke to Moses, saying: "Command Aaron and his sons thus: This is the ritual of the burnt offering: The burnt offering itself shall remain where it is burned upon the altar all night until morning, while the fire on the altar is kept going on it." - Leviticus 6:1-2

  • The five sacrifices that the priests are to perform are described. (6:1-7:38)
  • Limitations on the consumption of meat are delineated. (7:17-27)
  • Details about the ordination of Aaron and his sons as priests and the preparation of the Tabernacle as a holy place are given. (8:1-36)

When do we read Tzav?

2021 Mar 27
/14 Nisan, 5781
2022 Mar 19
/16 Adar II, 5782
2023 Apr 1
/10 Nisan, 5783


  • By Cantor David Berger

    A few years ago I put a reminder on my Google Calendar for 12:30 p.m. every day to get up and do some part of Minchah, the afternoon service. ... I keep coming back to daily prayer as a source of the personal affirmation and renewal I need to serve as the leader I hope to be.In this week’s Torah portion, Tzav, Aaron and his sons, the priests of the Israelite community, are commanded to make their own daily, humble, personal sacrificial offerings as part of their regular work of Temple service.

  • Torah for Tots

    A guide to help adults learn how to engage young children in a discussion about this week’s Torah portion.  

  • Torah for Tweens

    This parashah concerns the regulations for sacrifice in the Temple. Explore more with Torah for Tweens!

  • Torah for Teens

    Listen in on this parasha to learn about the priests’ sacrifices. Then learn about when we are told about kosher meat! Plus, Aaron and sons are ordained priests. 

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