24 Mar Rabbi Hillel Skolnik’s Torah Spark for Tzav 5776
This Shabbat we read from Parashat Tzav which concludes the sacrificial instructions and then begins the formal installation of Aaron as the High Priest. Up until now, Moshe had been acting as interim-priest as well as leader of the people and it is almost time for Aaron to officially take on the priestly role. But before that can take place there is an elaborate, eight-day-long ceremony that is to take place, one that only concludes in next week’s Torah portion. Yet the concept of an installation process or ceremony is one that rings a bell as rabbis often have an installation ceremony during their first year of work with a particular pulpit. It is important to mark the important milestones in life, and the beginning of a new job – be it rabbi, high priest, or anything else – certainly qualifies as a milestone. While we may not have an eight-day-long ceremony as Aaron did, we should still remember to acknowledge and celebrate these milestones and new beginnings.
Rabbi Hillel Skolnik