Command [Aaron and His Sons]

Leviticus 6:1−8:36

When Is Tzav Read?

/ 10 Nisan 5783
/ 20 Adar II 5784
/ 14 Nisan 5785


  • 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)

Ten Minutes of Torah: Tzav Commentary

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Sacred Nephrology in Parashat Tzav and The Power of Two

By: Cantor Jill Abramson

Our Torah portion, though in a very different context, mentions pairs of kidneys as well. This week we have arrived at Parashat Tzav, meaning "command," which is part of a series of parshiyot in Leviticus outlining the laws and procedures for different sacrifices. Tzav describes (among other sacrifices) a "guilt offering," which is made as reparation for a transgression. The guilt offering divides the offering into parts that are completely burned and "turned to smoke on the altar," and the rest is meant to feed the priests. (Lev 7:6) The parts "turned to smoke" and sacrificed to God included the kidneys.

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Listen to Podcasts About Tzav

Listen to Rabbi Rick Jacobs discuss Parashat Tzav in these episodes of his podcast, On the Other Hand: Ten Minutes of Torah.

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