Parsha Talk Vayikra 2023 5783

Parsha Talk; with Rabbis Eliot Malomet, Barry Chesler and Jeremy Kalmanofsky. Parashat Va-yiqra [Leviticus 1–5] begins the Book of Levitcus. However, it is quite possible, as we discuss, to read Leviticus as a seamless continuation of the end of Exodus. These first 5 chapters take up the description of the 5 principal sacrifices in ancient Israel. While sacrifice is quite foreign to most of us, and I suspect not many among us are eager to see the building of the Third Temple in our lifetime so we can reinstitute animal sacrifice, the chapters can still be read for profit in our own day. We spend sometime on the opening verses, and not just the first verse, and discuss the meaning of sacrifice both then and now. We hope you enjoy! Shabbat Shalom!!