VaYikra (5758)

Drash Cards for VaYikra (5758)

by Marc Mangel

  • There are two pieces to this book:  the sacrifices (burnt, peace, sin, communal) and the holiness code. In ancient times, children began their study of the Torah with this book since its focus is purity.
  • The whole theme is purification– the willingness to give up the material to transcend into a higher realm.
  • The word for sacrifice is Kar-ban with the same root as Ka-rove — closeness
  • The prophets who object to a sacrificial cult include Samuel, Amos, Hosea, Micha, Jeremiah, and the Psalmist.
  • Special to this week (in 1998) is what Heschel wrote “Emblazoned over the gates of the world is the escutcheon of the demons”
  • This week, a Jonesboro teacher died (the ultimate sacrifice) shielding a student in a car accident.  After that accident, one bystander pulled two people out of the burning car while others watched.
  • The greatness of Judaism is our duality — that we exist between heaven and earth, from the base to the godlike.
  • The system of sacrifices creates the values to help us move along the continuum from the base to the godlike. That’s how we should read VaYikra.