From the Heights to the Sacred Center

Saturday – The Torah
Leviticus 1⎯2

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Now that the tabernacle has been completed, the Lord directs Moses in the total life of worship with the seasonal and lunar celebrations that call to mind all that God has done for the people. Jewish children begin with the Book of Leviticus as the introduction to their life with God. Worshipping the Lord is the way that one comes to know God. No longer does God call to Moses from the heights of Mt. Sinai, but rather from a level plane at the sacred center of the people⎯the Holy of Holies.

The tabernacle and subsequent Temple no longer exist. Jesus is the living temple. His love burned for you on the cross in the sacrifice to end all sacrifices. Holy Communion brings this sacrifice into the present moment of worship. May your whole being be a burnt offering of love to God. Worship in Christ Jesus.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
Inner sacred space for You 38:21ff
Clothing myself with the Christ 39:1ff
The breastplate of righteousness 39:8
You pitched Your tent among us. Jn 1:14

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One thought on “From the Heights to the Sacred Center

  1. Parashat Va-yikra
    Leviticus 1:1–5:26
    March 12, 2011 / 6 Adar II 5771
    This week’s commentary from the Jewish Theological Serminary was written by Rabbi Abigail Treu, rabbinic fellow and director of Planned Giving, JTS.

    A very worthwhile commentary that highlights the importance of ritual as a way to join us together as we move together through the days of Lent to Easter. She quotes Nahmanides from the 13th century:

    It has thus been made clear that the overt miracles which occurred during the departure from Egypt are evidence of Creation, of [God’s] knowledge, and of His providence. Therefore we have been commanded to memorialize [those miraculous events in writing] . . . upon the doorposts at the exit and entrance of our homes, in the wearing of tefillin upon the head and arm, in the recital of the Shema’ in the morning and evening, in dwelling in a booth during Sukkot, in observance of the laws of Passover, and other similar precepts . . . Through constant observance of these commandments by which man recognized and is thankful for the overt miracles [of our lives in God’s created universe] one will inevitably accept the hidden miracles which occur regularly [but are taken for granted since they occur among the so-called “natural” ways of the world]. (The Law of the Eternal is Perfect, 40)

    Bible Breaths on the dooposts of your house: how much they are like a mezusah in Jewish home!

    Shabbat Shalom!


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