Parashat Vayikra / Removing the shadow of a doubt
The provision of an answer to doubt in the form of a potential-error offering calls attention to the existence of the limits of human consciousness.
This week’s Torah portion (Leviticus 1:1 – 5:26) lists the subcategories of two varieties of sacrifices offered in the Portable Tabernacle and later in the Temple in Jerusalem: asham (guilt-offering) and hattat (sin-offering). The list includes one unusual type, referred to in rabbinical literature as asham talui (potential-error offering), and the Torah describes the conditions...
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