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A Taste of the Temple on Seder Night

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“It shall not be baked with leaven; I have given it as their portion from My offerings by fire; it is most holy, like the sin offering and the guilt offering” (Leviticus 6:10).

In just a few short hours one of my favorite times of the year will be upon us, Leil HaSeder, Seder Night. But before Seder Night arrives this Saturday night, we have Shabbat, and the Torah portion of Tzav. We will again read about the sacrifices that the priests bring on the altar, but this time it will be as a direct command from Moshe to Aaron with some details that we didn’t get last week. But there is also an incredible connection to matzah and Pesach.

In last week’s blog I discussed the challenges relating to animal sacrifice. But there is a sacrifice which is not from an animal: the mincha offering. It is a combination of flour and oil; part is burned on the altar with frankincense, a fragrant spice, and the other part is eaten by the priests.

Surprisingly, we read that this offering must be leaven-free. With a little bit of investigation, we also learn that all the mincha offerings which are brought to the Temple must all be free of chametz, with one notable distinction: the shnei halechem, or the two loaves which are brought for Shavuot. But all other mincha offerings must be free of leaven. Why?

The Talmud in Tractate Brachot........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)

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