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           Parshat Vayikra                                                          March 20, 2021  7 Nissan, 5781
                                                 Rabbi Sacks on Parshat Vayikra
              ARTSCROLL  544           Sacrifices, the subject of   Likewise Hosea: “For I desire   of bulls and lambs and
                 HERTZ   410           this week’s parsha, were  goodness, not sacrifice;   goats. When you come to
                                       central to the religious   obedience to God, rather than   appear before Me, who has
                  HAFTORAH             life of biblical Israel. We   burnt offerings” (Hosea 6:6).   asked this of you, this
             ARTSCROLL   1165          see this not only by the   We find a similar critique in   trampling of My courts?
                 HERTZ   424           sheer space devoted to   several Psalms. “Were I    Stop bringing meaningless
                                       them in the Torah, but   hungry, I would not tell you,   offerings! Your incense is
                     Times             also by the fact that they  for Mine is the world and all it   detestable to Me’” (Is. 1:11-
                                       occupy its central book,
                                                               holds. Do I eat the flesh of
                                       Vayikra. We have not had  bulls, or drink the blood of
           Weekly Times                  the sacrificial service   goats?” (Ps. 50:8-15). “Lord,   This entire line of thought,
                                       since the destruction of   open my lips, and let my   sounded by many voices
           Shacharit: Sun       8:30 am                        mouth declare Your praise. You   and sustained across
                                       the second Temple
           Mon. - Fri.          7:45 am                                                    centuries, is extraordinary.
                                       almost 2000 years ago.   do not want me to bring
                                       What is deeply relevant   sacrifices; You do not desire   The people were being
           Scholars’ Kollel     9:00 am                                                    criticized not for disobeying
                                       today, however, is the   burnt offerings. True sacrifice
           Mincha               6:50 pm   critique of sacrifices we   to God is a contrite spirit; God,   God’s law but for obeying it.
                                                                                           Sacrifices were
                                       find among the Prophets   You will not despise a contrite
                                         of the first Temple. That   and crushed heart” (Ps. 51:17-  commanded. Their offering
                                       critique was sharp and   19).                       was a sacred act performed
                                                                                           in a holy place. What then
           Shabbat Times                 deep and formed many of                           aroused the Prophets’ anger
                                       their most powerful     Jeremiah seems to suggest
           Candle Lighting      6:48 pm   addresses. One of the   that the sacrificial order was   and rebuke? It was not that
                                       earliest was delivered by   not God’s initial intention: “For  they were opposed to
           Friday Night         6:50 pm   the Prophet Samuel:   when I freed your fathers from  sacrifice as such. Jeremiah
           Mincha                                              the land of Egypt, I did not   foresaw the day when
                                       “Does the Lord delight in   speak with them or command   “People shall come from the
           Hashkama Minyan      8:00 am   burnt offerings and   them concerning burnt      towns of Judah and from
                                       sacrifices as much as in
           Parsha Shiur         8:30 am   obedience to the Lord’s   offerings or sacrifice. But this   the environs of Jerusalem…
                                       command? Surely,        is what I commanded them:   bringing burnt offerings and
           Main                 9:00 am   obedience is better than   Do My bidding, that I may be   sacrifices, meal offerings
                                       sacrifice, compliance than   your God and you may be My   and frankincense, and
           Beit Midrash         9:15 am                        people; walk only in the way   bringing offerings of
                                       the fat of rams” (1 Sam.                            thanksgiving to the House
           Youth Minyan         9:45 am   15:22).              that I enjoin upon you, that it
                                                               may go well with you” (Jer.   of the Lord” (Jer. 17:26).
           Gemara Shiur         6:10 pm   Amos said in the name of  7:22-23). Strongest of all is   Likewise Isaiah: “I will bring
                                       God: “If you offer Me   the passage at the beginning   them to My sacred mount
           Mincha               6:40 pm   burnt offerings—or your   of the book of Isaiah that we   and let them rejoice in My
                                       meal offerings— I will not  read on Shabbat Chazon   house of prayer. Their burnt
           Shabbat Ends         7:57 pm   accept them; I will pay   (before Tisha b’Av): “‘What   offerings and sacrifices shall
                                       no heed to your gifts of   need have I of all your   be welcome on My altar, for
                   Latest Times for
                Shema/Shemoneh Esrei   fatlings…But let justice   sacrifices?’ says the Lord. ‘I   My house shall be called a
                                       well up like water,     have more than enough of    house of prayer for all
           Mar. 20         10:00/11:01 am   righteousness like a   burnt offerings, of rams and   peoples” (Is. 56:7).
                                       never-ending            the fat of fattened animals; I
           Mar. 27          9:53/10:55 am   stream” (Amos 5:21-24).  have no pleasure in the blood
                    Next Shabbat                                             Seudah Shlishit is sponsored by
                                          Isaac & Sima Kohannim and Mansour & Yafa Farhadian
           Candle Lighting      6:55 pm    In commemoration of the 1st yahrzeit of their mother
           Mincha               7:00 pm                        Manzal bat Nissan z”l
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