Tag Archives: Vayikra

And He Called: Stop Street Harrassment

(And) he called [va-yikira]… (Lev. 1:1) “I don’t care how she’s dressed, it’s not OK!” “I don’t care how she’s walking, it’s not OK!” “It’s not a compliment…It’s street harassment” “Vayikra” is a singular masculine verb (all action in Hebrew is gendered). These are the first words, and the Hebrew name, of the Bible book […]

Unintentional Soul-Fail: Pursuing Connections

Leviticus/Vayikra chapter 4 opens with a “soul” involved in an “unintentional” “failure.” Vayikra: Language and Translation offers five translations, with their associated notes and commentaries. For anyone seeking a drash [investigation] point, this could be a good spot to begin: What might it mean for a soul to fail unintentionally? And what, if anything, can […]

Vayikra: Language and Translation

What does it mean that “a soul unintentionally fails [Nefesh ki-techeta bi-sh’gagah]…”? — Leviticus/Vayikra 4:1-2 Is this an ethical or ritual error? Was the “soul,” in contemporary understanding, alone involved? Here are five translations with associated notes, suggesting (no surprise) no agreement: YHWH spoke to Moshe, saying: Speak to the Children of Israel, saying: (Any) […]

Sacrifice and Womb: Pursuing Connections

One of the reasons I started the “Opening the Book” blog series was my belief that the plethora of dvrei torah (plural of dvar [word] of Torah]) on the internet, as well as in print, doesn’t necessarily help anyone who is trying to prepare a dvar torah of their own, at least at the outset. […]

Vayikra: Something to Notice

Vayikra — vav-yod-kuf-reish-aleph [written in miniature] — “And he called.”