21 Mar Rabbi Hillel Skolnik’s Torah Spark for Parashat Tzav – Shabbat HaGadol 5778 – Weekend of March 23-24, 2018
This Shabbat, known as Shabbat HaGadol or the Great Shabbat which is always the Shabbat immediately preceding Passover, we read from Parashat Tzav which offers specific instructions to Aaron and his sons on the sacrifices they will offer as the current and future High Priests. But in order to become the priests, they must first be properly trained and then undergo what amounts to an installation ritual before they can start serving the people in this capacity. In fact, the ceremony lasted seven days! I always find this part of the process fascinating, especially having been “installed” into my position as rabbi just over a year ago. It leaves me both moved that the concept of having a formal process by which someone begins their job is a tradition that dates back to the Israelites’ time in the desert and grateful that my own installation lasted only one evening.
Rabbi Hillel Skolnik