Hebrew for Christians: "Our Torah portion for this week is Vayikra"


Our Torah portion for this week is Vayikra ("and he called"), the very first section from the Book of Leviticus. 

In Jewish tradition, Leviticus is sometimes called the "Book of Sacrifices" since it deals largely with the various offerings brought to the LORD for sacrificial purposes in the Mishkan (Tabernacle). 

Indeed, over 40 percent of all of the Torah's commandments are found in this central book of the Scriptures, highlighting the centrality of the idea of blood atonement to the Torah. 

Indeed, since the revelation of the Tabernacle was the climax of the revelation given at Sinai, the Book of Leviticus serves as its ritual expression: "For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it for you on the altar to make atonement for your souls, for it is the blood that makes atonement (kapparah) by the life" (Lev. 17:11).


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