Torah Portion of the Week: I Gave at the Tabernacle

Parashat Vayikra: While a gift is given in a symmetrical relationship, sacrifices take place within a hierarchical relationship, in which the inferior party offers something to the superior one, which is not obligated to accept it.

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The first chapters of Leviticus – encompassing Parashat Vayikra (Leviticus 1:1-5:26) and half of next week’s portion – contain laws pertaining to sacrifice. The text says little about the meaning of...