Parashat Tzav

The Obligation To Give Thanks

The thanksgiving offering teaches us the importance of thanking God as a communal sharing of faith and appreciation.

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Were more time provided to eat the offering, there would be less pressure to share. Implied, then, is an added understanding of the concept, "A mitzvah (commandment) that presents itself--do not let it sour."

By creating the need to share the korban todah experience, one shares the joy and the example of his appreciation, and thereby expands the faith of the community and its appreciation for God’s grace and goodness.

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Rabbi Lawrence S. Zierler

Rabbi Lawrence S. Zierler is the Rabbi of the Jewish Center of Teaneck.