Inspiration Through Torah in 5776: Vayikra

High_Priest_Offering_Sacrifice_of_a_GoatThis week, we begin a new book, Vayikra, also known as Leviticus. It is what I like to think of as a book filled with instructions for holy living. Elevating the mundaneness of daily life, and the looking for ways to connect to our holy G-d as we serve one another. This week discusses several of the different types of offerings that could be brought to the Tabernacle. You can read about it here: Vayikra – Leviticus 1:1 – 5:26.

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: 1:1-13 (13 p’sukim)

2: 1:14-2:6 (10 p’sukim)

3: 2:7-16 (10 p’sukim)

4: 3:1-17 (17 p’sukim)

5: 4:1-26 (26 p’sukim)

6: 4:27-5:10 (19 p’sukim)

7: 5:11-26 (16 p’sukim)

The reading for the haftarah, if you decide to read it in addition to the Torah portion, is Isaiah 43:21 – 44:23.

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

Audio/Visual

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 middot (character traits) of akzariut (cruelty), adishut (apathy) and r’gishut (sensitivity). Looking at both sides of one coin allows us to see something in its fullness, so that we can work on finding balance.

Note: Fill out a 4×6 card; at the top write R’gishut (Sensitivity). 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.

  • Do something for someone you care about in spite of whether you feel like it.
  • Remember: We, as humans, are all from the same spiritual source. We are all made in the image of G-d.
  • Be attentive to others. Make eye contact; listen to a friend; give a greeting to others you pass by throughout your day.
  • Be aware of others weakness and use that information to connect to that individual instead using it against them.

You might also benefit from this teaching:

“Man is endowed by nature with two eyes: one to see his neighbors’ virtues, the other to see his own faults.” ~Chassidic Proverb

Blessings and Shalom for a good week,

S~