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Length: 31 minutes

Parshas Tzav continues to discuss the korbanos. The korban mincha is a meal offering, made from flour and oil. The remainder of this korban cannot become chametz; rather, it is eaten by Aharon and his sons as matzah. Chametz symbolizes laziness, decay, and waste, as it just sits around and rises without action. This is in contrast to the alacrity and positive haste of the Kohanim when they do the avodah. The Beis Hamikdash is a place of life; therefore, it is not a place for chametz, which has many opposite characteristics. Although it is difficult to maintain that speed and zerizus the entire year, on Pesach are in that mode of vibrancy and vitality.

Length: 47 minutes

In the third aliyah of Parshas Tzav, we learn about the korban todah. This thanksgiving offering is brought under 4 circumstances when a person was saved-from illness, traveling in the desert or ocean, or being released from captivity. The Maharal explains how Bnei Yisrael went through each of these elements through the enslavement and redemption from Mitzrayim. Although the korban todah includes chametz, on Pesach, we cannot bring this offering, requiring us to recognize that everything comes from Hashem, even when it appears to be through the hands of people.

Length: 40 minutes

The 4th aliyah in Parshas Tzav discusses Moshe gathering all of the Jewish People before the Ohel Moed (tent of meeting) to appoint Aharon as Kohen Gadol. This space was not large enough for everyone to fit, but there was a nes that there was enough room for all. This concept of many fitting into space for few comes up in various places pertaining to the mishkan. This is because when it comes to the Ribbono Shel Olam there are no limitations and no boundaries. This concept of not having boundaries applies to our interpersonal relationships – specifically in marriage as well. As long as we are looking out for someone else there is always enough room.

Length: 55 minutes

The concept of offering animals on a mizbeach is a recognition that man is above animal. Man is not meant to worship animals, but to bring them up to a higher level of sanctity. In Mitzrayim the Egyptians serve animals. Shabbos Hagadol was when the Jewish People set aside the lambs for the Korban Pesach, and while the Egyptians would usually have been furious at this blatant disrespect of their gods, they were completely unable to do anything. We have a choice to treat the animals as something to lift up, or to spend our lives pursing animalistic tendencies and worshiping the animal. We can head towards Hashem, or we can head towards emptiness and nothingness.

Length: 46 minutes

Parshas Tzav continues the theme in Sefer Vayikra of Korbanos. One of the commandments mentioned here is that in general, there cannot be chametz in the Beis Hamikdash. We don’t bring offerings of bread, rather of matza. One reason for this is that chametz is subject to the ravages of time. Leavened bread needs time in order for it to rise and become fluffy. Besides for the alacrity that is required of the Kohanim, and by extension us as well, in our servitude of Hashem, time is something that is particularly sacred. When we were given the mitzva of Rosh Chodesh we were in a sense put in charge of time in this world. Hashem Himself is above time, as His Shem Havaya suggests that He was, is, and always will be. Hashem is also called Emes. He is constant and unchanging, not affected by time the way human beings are. In the physical world we are subjected to time, but in a spiritual sense, our eternal neshamos (souls) are not and we try to tap into that in this world.

Length: 58 minutes

Purim has many allusions to korbanos. When we shect (slaughter) an animal, we are elevating it by allowing it to become part of a higher level of creation, the human. When Esav sold the bechorah to Yaakov, he expressed that he had no desire or use for something transcendent, as he is a man of this world. In contrast, we always work to bring things up and elevate them in order to become closer to Hashem. The names of the advisors who told Achashverosh to kill Vashti are references to the different elements of korbanos. Hashem then planted Esther in the palace so that we could ultimately return to serving Him in the Beis Hamikdash, elevating material elements to come closer to Him.

Length: 58 minutes

Parshas Tzav speaks about korbanos–when a person takes an animal and brings it up to Hashem. This is very relevant to Purim, as we celebrate with food and drink, and distinguish ourselves from the way goyim act when they indulge. When Nevuchadnezzar and Vashti forget that Hashem is above them, they are reduced to the levels of an animal. On Purim, we recognize Hashem even without open miracles, bringing ourselves up and attributing everything to Hashem, even in a drunken state with the inability to distinguish between good and evil.

Length: 49 minutes

Hashem’s greatness is found through His interactions with the world, and involvement with every little detail, even though He is all-powerful and completely spiritual. Pesach is a demonstration of this greatness—Hashem Himself reached down and took us out from Mitzrayim. Pesach corresponds to Avraham Avinu, whose middah is chessed-demonstrating that Hashem is involved and present on this earth. On Pesach, we make sure to take care of others, emphasizing this fundamental belief of Hashem’s individual involvement.

In this five part series, we explore the Haggadah shel Pesach. We look at many different aspects of the haggadah, including basics of our faith and identifying with the Jewish people, as well as deeper explanations of the text of the Haggadah.

In this seven part series, we learn about different parts of the hagaddah through the ideas of “Sefer Habris”-the eternal bond that Hashem has with the Jewish people for all generations.

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