Vayikra 5781: Because I Want to: The Semi-Regimented Spiritual Models of Olot, Menachot and Zevach Shelamim

Posted by Meesh Hammer-Kossoy on March 16, 2021
Topics: Vayikra, Torah, Pardes from Jerusalem, Vayikra (Leviticus)

The rabbis tended to focus on the communal daily Tamid sacrifice as a spiritual model for prayer, but Vayikra puts the individual voluntary sacrifices front and center. By doing so, the Torah emphasizes the importance of choice and volunteerism in Jewish spiritual practice.

Sources: Vayikra 1, Vayikra 2, Vayikra 3, Dvarim 16:16-17, Brachot 26a,  Hagiga 1:2, Hagiga 1:5

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Meesh is the Director of the Pardes Year Program, where she has been making her professional home since 1999. Originally from Washington, D.C., Meesh has a B.A. in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University, and a M.A. and Ph.D. from New York University. Her dissertation explored the courageous manner in which the rabbis of the Talmud created a new criminal punishment system. In 2015, Meesh completed her studies at Beit Midrash Har'el and received ordination from Rabbi Herzl Hefter and Rabbi Daniel Sperber. Click here to read more.

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