Inspiration Through Torah in 5776: Tzav

Moses_consecrating_Aaron_1355-83This week, we are reading Tzav. It has to do with more offerings and the consecration of Aaron and his sons. You can read about it here: Tzav – Leviticus 6:1 – 8:36.

You may decide to read the whole portion in one sitting or you might decide to do the FULL KRIYAH which breaks up the parsha so that you can pace yourself and concentrate on a smaller section each day.

This week, the readings for the Torah portion for each day of the week will be as follows:

1: 6:1-11 (11 p’sukim)

2: 6:12-7:10 (22 p’sukim)

3: 7:11-38 (28 p’sukim)

4: 8:1-13 (13 p’sukim)

5: 8:14-21 (8 p’sukim)

6: 8:22-29 (8 p’sukim)

7: 8:30-36 (7 p’sukim)


The reading for the haftarah, if you decide to read it in addition to the Torah portion, is Jeremiah 7:21 – 8:3; 9:22 – 9:23.

Continue to journal this week, writing down your thoughts, themes, and Bible verses that come to mind for the individual days, and/or week. If you’d like to focus on personal character development with a larger community, see “Mussar” below the Torah study materials.

Torah Study Materials

Reading materials

Torah Portion Study Guides from Tony Robinson

The Creation Gospel Torah Portions: Vayikra by Dr. Hollisa Alewine


The Parsha Experiment from the AlephBeta team on this week’s parsha.

Torah teachings (from the Torah cycle 5772) by L. Grant Luton

Mussar (Personal Character Development)

This week, we will focus on the middah (character trait) of bitachon atzmi (self-confidence). “Healthy self-confidence, gives one independence of thought…even though we are independent of thought, we’re dependent upon Hashem.” ~Elyahu Kin

Note: Fill out a 4×6 card; at the top write Bitachon Atzmi (Self-Confidence). Under the virtue list the suggested practices. Put this card in a prominent place to help you walk out this virtue in your day to day life. (Suggested practices come from the lecture below:

  • Remember: No one can make you feel inferior, unless you consent.
  • Practice contentment. Do not compare your life with another person’s life.
  • Be quick to admit your mistakes, and learn from them, making the proper corrections.
  • Set realistic goals, both for daily living and for the long-term, taking on new things little by little.
  • Smile. 🙂
  • Praise the good in others.

You might also benefit from this teaching:

There is a powerful story told of the great Hasidic Rabbi Zusya. When Rabbi Zusya was about to die, his students gathered around him. They saw Rabbi Zusya’s eyes break out into tears. “Our master,” they said with deep concern, Why are you crying? You have lived a good, pious life, and left many students and disciples. Soon you are going on to the next world. Why cry?”

Rabbi Zusya responded, “I see what will happen when I enter the next world. Nobody will ask me, why was I not Moses? I am not expected to be Moses. Nobody will ask me, why was I not Rabbi Akiba? I am not expected to be Rabbi Akiba. They will ask me, Why was I not Zusya? That is why I am crying. I am asking, why was I not Zusya?”

Blessings and Shalom for a good week,