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Parashat Vayikra (March 21, 2015)
by Jennifer Knobe

THE BOOK OF VAYIKRA MEANS, “And He called.” Vayikra is the first Hebrew word of the book, which begins by saying, “And the LORD called to Moses and spoke to him from inside the tent of meeting.” (Leviticus 1:1) The Book of Leviticus focuses on the ritual in the Mishkan, the Tabernacle in the desert. By the end of the previous book, the Book of Exodus, the Tabernacle is completed and filled with the divine presence of God. The central ritual that takes place within the Tabernacle, the regular offering of sacrifices, is now the first order of business.

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