Torah Tidbits

1 September 2014 / 6 Elul 5774
Issue 1039
Shabbat Parshat Tzav-Hagadol-Shmini
March 21, 2013

Divrei Menachem

Divrei Menachem

How nice to find a connection with the upcoming holiday of Pesach in our parsha! Indeed, the mention of the additional details of the Mincha offering recalling “Chametz” causes us to take a closer look.
The simplest and most basic Mincha offering consisted of finely ground wheat flour, oil and frankincense. Rabbi Hirsch remarks that the Mincha was a tribute that acknowledged that all of our existence, comfort and joy stem from Hashem. Notably, there were four more sophisticated varieties of the Mincha that were cooked and baked in various ways.
Aharon and his sons could eat what was left of the offering - but it was to be eaten, “unleavened in a holy place” (Vayikra 6:9). Abarbanel links this directive to the following text, “I have presented it [the remains of the Mincha] as their share of My fire-offerings” (v.10).  He posits that the Kohen is like the Altar that provides atonement when offerings go up in smoke. And just as Chametz cannot be eaten on the Altar, correspondingly Chametz cannot be consumed by the Kohanim.
So, how nice to think that as we, too, desist from Chametz on Pesach, we could also possibly rise to the level of the Altar!

Shabbat Shalom, Menachem Persoff

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