In this week's Parsha, G-d calls on Moshe to instruct Aaron and his sons regarding their duties and rights as Kohanim who offer the Korbanot - the animal and meal offerings - in the Sanctuary.
We read that the fire on the altar must be kept burning at all times. What’s burning are the offerings consisting of veins of fat from the peace, sin and guilt offerings; and the ‘handful’ separated from the meal offering. The Kohanim eat the meat of the sin, the guilt offerings and the remainder of the meal offering. The peace offering is eaten by the one who brought it, except for specified portions given to the Kohen. The holy meat of the offerings must be eaten by ritually pure persons in their designated holy place, within their specified time. Aaron and his sons remain in the Sanctuary for seven days, during which Moshe initiates them into priesthood.
The story of Passover talks about how the Jews were trapped in Egypt and held as slaves under the reign of Pharaoh. For the Jewish people, it was a time of distress being dragged out of their usual lives and into a situation that was unjust, cruel, and degrading. Fortunately, with the help of G-d’s ten gruesome plagues which were launched upon Egypt, and the fortitude of Moshe, Pharaoh gave in and set the Jewish people free. Under the guidance of Moshe, they managed to flee to the Red Sea where it miraculously split in half, paving a way for the Jews to pass safely to the other side.
With the number of vaccinations rising day by day, we hope that - in light of Pesach - we too are coming within reach of safety.
Shabbat shalom and Chag Sameach
Marco, Grade 12