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Parsha Mitzvot: Tzav: Mitzvah 135 – Concept 352

“Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying: This is the law of the sin-offering; in the place where the elevation-offering is slaughtered shall the sin-offering be slaughtered, before God: It is most Holy. The Kohen who performs its sin-offering service shall eat it; it shall be eaten in a holy place; in the Courtyard of the Tent of Meeting (Vayikra 6:18-19) We are commanded to carry out the procedure of the sin-offering (Rambam, Hilchot Ma’aseh ha-Korbanaot – The Laws of the Sacrificial Procedure).


It is the “Animal Soul” that causes a person to sin. Therefore, the singer brings an animal with the same low level of soul, and burns it on the altar as if to rid himself of the part of his soul that led him to sin.

It is important to understand that when we sin with our Animal Soul, we create a reality in the Spiritual Realms of a very low quality, that of the Animal Soul. We are not only influenced by our own Animal Soul, but by all the Animal Soul forces that were created through sin and remain unaddressed.

This is just the entrance to an entire world of Wisdom. This is why these laws are introduced as “Torat” for they are our way of entering this entirely new aspect of Torah. (Nachalat Binyamin)

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