Tzav 5761

Tora - Torah

Parshat Tzav 14 Nisan, 5761 April 7, 2001

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I have edited the following paragraphs (in blue) from a D’var Torah by Rabbi Shlomo Ressler. Any misinterpretations are mine.

Parshat Tzav starts with a commandment for us regarding an Olah. The Olah is a full-commitment sacrifice: everything in it burns! The word Olah means “rises upward”.

The very next offering described is the Tamid, which is the offering that has to remain burning at all times.

The odd element is that while we were ordered that the fire of the Olah offering needed to be “kept aflame” (6:2), we were commanded that the fire of the Tamid offering “shall not be extinguished” (6:6).

Why is there a difference in the language? The Torah should be consistent: either that they should both be kept aflame, or that they both should not be extinguished.

One way of explaining this can provide insight on the way that we live and the way we should live: The Olah is the ultimate sacrifice, since it’s the only one that gets completely burned, and no one gets to enjoy its meat. The Olah thus represents OUR efforts toward encountering Hashem.

Hashem knows that we need help to keep trying to rise higher and higher and to make that kind of sacrifice in life. To help us, Hashem commanded us concerning the Tamid.  TheTamid (meaning “forever”) represents the everlasting fire that will always protect us and keep us, as Jews, burning.

The Torah is telling us that if we make the personal effort and sacrifice to rise higher (Olah), success will always (Tamid) follow. It encourages us to let the fire within us inspire us to observe better, do more, and to act like flames that constantly reaching higher!

For our Tora Dojo lesson: There is an old saying: If you hit a bell with a pebble, you make a small sound; if you hit it with a mallet, you make a large sound. This means that you will see the results of your efforts. Work hard, meditate deeply, and master the creative power of silence. The higher you reach, the greater the results

Hashem promises us that if we keep our inner flame alive and rising upward (Olah), the results will surely always follow (Tamid).

Have a Chag Kasher v’Same’ach!

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