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Tzav and Shabbat Hagadol | Weekly Inspiration 2023

March 28, 2023

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Tzav, Tsav, Zav, Sav, or Ṣaw (צַו‎ — Hebrew for “command,” the sixth word, and the first distinctive word, in the parashah) is the 25th weekly Torah portion (פָּרָשָׁה‎, parashah) in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading and the second in the Book of Leviticus. The parashah teaches how the priests performed the sacrifices and describes the ordination of Aaron and his sons. The parashah constitutes Leviticus 6:1–8:36. The parashah is made up of 5,096 Hebrew letters, 1,353 Hebrew words, 97 verses, and 170 lines in a Torah scroll (סֵפֶר תּוֹרָה‎, Sefer Torah).

 

Parashat Tzav and Shabbat Hagadol: A Journey Towards Spiritual Freedom and Redemption

This week’s inspiration delves into the profound spiritual teachings embedded in Parashat Tzav and Shabbat Hagadol. Rabbi Eliyahu Jian illuminates the path of transformation, preparation, and the essence of true freedom as we approach Pesach, drawing from the deep wells of Kabbalistic wisdom.

The Essence of Tzav: Orders and Offerings

Parashat Tzav, which means “command,” invites us to reflect not just on the divine orders but on the essence of who gives these orders and why. Rabbi Jian challenges us to look beyond the surface of our spiritual practices to find a deeper connection with the Creator. The concept of “Sivui” (command) intertwines with our preparations for Pesach, emphasizing the importance of internal cleansing alongside physical preparations.

The Significance of Shabbat Hagadol: Unity and Redemption

Shabbat Hagadol, the Great Shabbat before Pesach, symbolizes the unity of the Israelites in their collective observance of a commandment for the first time. This unity was crucial for their redemption from Egypt. Rabbi Jian highlights how this collective action represents the spiritual potential of unity in revealing the glory and greatness of Hashem.

The Role of Sacrifices: Transformation and Connection

The Parashat discusses the “Olah” offering, representing the elevation of our desires towards a higher purpose. Rabbi Jian explains how this offering symbolizes the burning away of negative thoughts and desires, allowing for a closer connection to the Divine and a purification of our intentions.

The Power of Preparation: Cleaning and Burning Chametz

As we prepare for Pesach, Rabbi Jian emphasizes the importance of removing Chametz (leavened bread) from our homes, which symbolizes burning away our ego and negative inclinations. This act of cleaning is not just physical but represents a deeper spiritual cleansing, preparing us to receive the freedom and redemption that Pesach (Pessach) offers.

The Concept of Freedom: Beyond Physical Liberation

Rabbi Jian explores the deeper meaning of freedom, which is not just liberation from physical bondage but freedom from our own limitations and negative tendencies. He encourages us to reflect on our own spiritual exile and the steps we can take towards our personal redemption, emphasizing the role of faith and divine assistance in this process.

Conclusion: Embracing Our Spiritual Journey

As we approach Pesach, Rabbi Eliyahu Jian’s teachings on Parashat Tzav and Shabbat Hagadol remind us of the importance of internal preparation, unity, and the pursuit of spiritual freedom. Through reflection, cleansing, and a deeper connection with the Divine, we embark on a journey towards redemption, not just as individuals but as a collective, united in our purpose and devotion.

About Rabbi Eliyahu Jian

Rabbi Eliyahu Jian is renowned for his insightful teachings that blend Kabbalistic wisdom with practical guidance for spiritual growth. His teachings encourage us to seek a deeper connection with the Divine, transforming our lives and the world around us through faith, love, and unity.

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