30 Mar Rabbi Hillel Skolnik’s Torah Spark for Parashat Vayikra 5777
This Shabbat we read from Parashat Vayikra which begins the book of Leviticus, the third book of the Torah. Among the varieties of sacrifices discussed in this portion and the various reasons for offering said sacrifices, is instruction for offerings to be made when a person sins by accident. There is, of course, a different offering to be made when one transgresses on purpose, but even when the act is done unwittingly, there is still a price to be paid. As a father of young children, I often find that young ones have a particularly difficult time grasping this concept – that even if they do something wrong by accident it is still wrong and some form of repercussion may be in order. But the truth is that it is a reality we all try to avoid. What we must remember is that while we might be able to hide our mistakes from other people, we cannot hide our transgressions – done on purpose or by unknowingly – from God. All that is left is to admit them and ask for forgiveness.
Rabbi Hillel Skolnik