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Parshas Tzav - Parshas Parah

For the week ending 20 Adar II 5757; 28 & 29 March 1997

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    Parsha Questions

    Answers | Contents
    1. In verse 6:2, Hashem tells Moshe, "'Tzav' (command) Aaron..." When is the word 'Tzav' used?
    2. Until when may the fats and limbs of an Olah be placed on the Mizbe'ach?
    3. If, while removing the ashes from the Mizbe'ach, the Kohen finds limbs that were not consumed, what must he do with them?
    4. What was the first Korban (sacrifice) brought each day?
    5. If someone extinguishes the fire on the Mizbe'ach, how many Torah violations have been transgressed?
    6. When a Kohen is inaugurated to serve in the Beis Hamikdash, what offering must he bring?
    7. How often must the Kohen Gadol bring a Korban Minchah?
    8. What is the difference between a "Minchas Kohen" and a "Minchas Yisrael"?
    9. When is a Kohen disqualified from eating from the Chatas (sin offering)?
    10. What is the difference between a copper and earthenware vessel regarding the removing of absorbed tastes?
    11. Can an animal that has already been dedicated for an Asham be replaced with by another animal?
    12. List three types of Kohanim who may not partake of the Asham.
    13. List three types of Kohanim who have no share in the skins of the Olah offering.
    14. In which 4 instances is a Korban Todah brought?
    15. How does a Korban become "Pigul"?
    16. How does the Torah punish a tamei person who eats a Korban?
    17. What position did Moshe fill during the seven days of the inauguration of the Mishkan?
    18. How many days prior to Yom Kippur must the Kohen Gadol separate from his family?
    19. What other service requires that the Kohen separate from his family?
    20. What are the 5 categories of Korbanos listed in this Parsha?

    Bonus Question
    "This is the law of the flour offering: The sons of Aharon shall bring it near…." (6:7)
    "This refers to bringing the flour offering to the Altar." - Rashi

    From here we see that the 'sons of Aharon,'- the kohanim - are commanded to bring the flour offering to the Altar. But in last week's Parsha Rashi states (2:2) that the kohen's obligation starts only after the flour offering is already brought to the Altar. This implies that a non-kohen may bring the offering to the Altar. How can this apparent contradiction be resolved?

    I Did Not Know That!

    If a person feels unenthusiastic about Torah study or mitzvah observance, he should say the verse, "A continuous fire should burn on the Altar, do not extinguish it (6:6)."

    Rashbaz (Thanks to Rabbi Sholem Fishbane)

    Recommended Reading List

    Minchah Laws
    Hides of Korbanos
    Leavening in Korban Todah
    Chronology of Mishkan Chapters
    Garments of the Kohanim
    Solution to Rashi's Source
    Role of Different Korbanos in Miluim

    Sefer Hachinuch
    Hiding the Miracle
    The Kohen Gadol's Offering
    Dignity and Trust
    The Benefits of Kashrus

    Answers to this Week's Questions

    All references are to the verses and Rashi's commentary, unless otherwise stated

    1. 6:2 - It is used to indicate a command that urges performance now, and for future generations.
    2. 6:2 - Until morning [dawn].
    3. 6:3 - Return them to the Mizbe'ach.
    4. 6:5 - The Tamid offering.
    5. 6:6 - Two.
    6. 6:13 - A Korban Minchah - A tenth part of an ephah of flour.
    7. 6:13 - Daily.
    8. 6:15 - The Minchas Kohen is burnt completely. Only a kometz (handful) of the Minchas Yisrael is burnt, and the remainder is eaten by the Kohanim.
    9. 6:19 - If he is tamei (spiritually impure) at the time of the sprinkling of the blood.
    10. 6:21 - In a copper vessel the absorbed taste can be removed through "scouring and rinsing" while in an earthenware vessel it can never be removed.
    11. 7:1 - No.
    12. 7:7 - a) A Tvul Yom - A tamei person who has gone to the Mikveh and is awaiting sunset to become Tahor (spiritually pure); b) A Mechusar Kipurim - A Tamei person who has gone to the Mikveh but has yet to bring his required sacrifice to become Tahor; c) An Onan - a mourner prior to the burial of the deceased.
    13. 7:8 - a) A Tvul Yom; b) A Mechusar Kipurim; c) An Onan (see answer 12 for more detail).
    14. 7:12 - a) After a safe arrival from an ocean voyage; b) After a safe arrival from a desert journey; c) After being freed from prison; d) After recovering from illness.
    15. 7:18 - The person slaughters the animal with the intention that it be eaten after the prescribed time.
    16. 7:20 - With Kares (spiritual excision).
    17. 8:28 - He served as the Kohen.
    18. 8:34 - Seven days.
    19. 8:34 - The burning of the Parah Adumah (red cow).
    20. Olah (6:2); Minchah (6:7); Chatas (6:18); Asham (7:1); Shlamim (7:11).

    Bonus Question
    Bringing the flour offering to the Altar is a mitzvah, but it is not an absolute requirement. That is to say, the offering is valid even if it is not brought to the Altar.

    Only a kohen can fulfill the mitzvah of bringing the offering to the Altar. If a non-kohen brings the offering to the Altar, the mitzvah has not been fulfilled, but the offering is valid nonetheless.

    Moznaim L'Torah

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