Last Week's Portion
Tzav | צו | "Command "
- Leviticus 6:8 | Instructions concerning Sacrifices
- Leviticus 7:11 | Further Instructions
- Leviticus 8:1 | The Rites of Ordination
- Jer 7:16 | The People's Disobedience
The twenty-fifth reading from the Torah and second reading from the book of Leviticus is called Tzav (צו), which means “Command.” The name comes from the first word of Leviticus 6:9, where the LORD says to Moses, “Command Aaron and his sons ...” Tzav reiterates the five types of sacrifices introduced in the previous portion but this time discusses the priestly regulations pertaining to them. The last chapter of the reading describes the seven-day ordination of Aaron and his sons as they prepared to enter the holy priesthood.