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וַיִּקְרָא • V'yikra
(“And He Called”)
The Third Book of Moses,
Commonly Called


פָּרָשָׁה שְּׁמִינִי

Parashah 26. Sh'mini
Lev 9:1-11:47

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This week’s commentary from First Fruits of Zion (Messianic)
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This Week’s Reading Schedule
  Review and meditate
  on last week’s Parashah

  Rishon [1st]: 9:1-16
  Sheni [2nd]: 9:17-23

  Shlishi [3rd]: 9:24-10:11
  R'vi'i [4th]: 10:12-15

  Chamishi [5th]: 12:16-20
  Shishi [6th]: 11:1-32

  Shvi'i [7th]: 11:33-44
  Maftir [Concluding]: 11:45-47
  Haftarah: (Selections)[GN]
    Yesha‘yahu (Isaiah) 6:1–7:6; 9:5(6)– 6(7) (A)
    Yesha‘yahu (Isaiah) 6:1–13 (S)

  Ketuvei HaShalichim
  (Apostolic Writings)
    Basar: The Gospel
      Mattityahu (Matt.) 3:11–17
      Mordichai (Mark) 7:1-23
    Kepherim: Letters (optional)
      P’yilut HaShaliachim (Acts) 5:1-11; 10:1-35;
      Korintim Bet (2Cor.) 6:14-7:1
      Galitim (Gal.) 2:11-16
      Kefa Aleph (1Pet.) 1:14-16



The Blessing of the Torah

Aliya: (the one who “goes up” to read)  
   Bar-khu et Adonai ham-vor-ack.
   (Praise ADONAI Who is worthy to be praised.)
   Ba-rookh Adonai ham-vor-ack ley-oh-lam

   (Praise ADONAI Who is worthy to be praised for
      all eternity.)
  Ba-rookh Adonai ham-vor-ack ley-oh-lam

  (Praise ADONAI Who is worthy to be praised for
     all eternity.)
Ba-rookh ah-tah Adonai, Eh-lo-hay-noo
meh-lekh hah oh-lahm,
ah-sher ba-char ba-noo me-kol ha-ah­meem,
v’na-tahn lah-noo et torah-toe,
ba-rookh ah-tah Adonai, no-tane hah-torah.

Blessed are You, O Lord our God,
King of the Universe,
Who has chosen us from all peoples
and given us His Torah.
Blessed are You, O Lord, Giver of the Torah.

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b. First Service of Aaron (9:1–24)

(i) On the eighth day,[1] Moshe called Aharon, his sons, and the elders of Isra'el; and he said to Aharon, “Take a calf from the herd for a sin offering, and a ram for a elevation-offering, without defect, and offer them before Yehovah. You are to tell the children of Isra'el, ‘Take a male goat for a sin offering; and a calf and a lamb, both a year old, without defect, for a elevation-offering; and a bull and a ram for peace offerings, to sacrifice before Yehovah; and a meal offering mixed with oil: for today Yehovah appears to you.’”

They brought what Moshe commanded before the Tent of Meeting. All the congregation came near and stood before Yehovah. Moshe said, “This is the thing which Yehovah commanded that you should do; and Yehovah’s glory shall appear to you.” Moshe said to Aharon, “Draw near to the altar, and offer your sin offering, and your elevation-offering, and make atonement for yourself, and for the people; and offer the offering of the people, and make atonement for them, as Yehovah commanded.”

So Aharon came near to the altar, and killed the calf of the sin offering, which was for himself. The sons of Aharon presented the blood to him; and he dipped his finger in the blood, and put it on the horns of the altar, and poured out the blood at the base of the altar; 10 but the fat, and the kidneys, and the cover from the liver of the sin offering, he burned upon the altar, as Yehovah commanded Moshe. 11 The meat and the skin he burned with fire outside the camp. 12 He killed the elevation-offering; and Aharon’s sons delivered the blood to him, and he sprinkled it on all sides of the altar. 13 They delivered the elevation-offering to him, piece by piece, and the head. He burned them upon the altar. 14 He washed the innards and the legs, and burned them on the elevation-offering on the altar. 15 He presented the people’s offering, and took the goat of the sin offering which was for the people, and killed it, and offered it for sin, like the first. 16 He presented the elevation-offering, and offered it according to the ordinance.


(ii) 17 He presented the meal offering, and filled his hand from there, and burned it upon the altar, in addition to the elevation-offering of the morning. 18 He also killed the bull and the ram, the sacrifice of peace offerings, which was for the people. Aharon’s sons delivered to him the blood, which he sprinkled on all sides of the altar; 19 and the fat of the bull and of the ram, the fat tail, and that which covers the innards, and the kidneys, and the cover of the liver; 20 and they put the fat upon the breasts, and he burned the fat on the altar. 21 Aharon waved the breasts and the right thigh for a wave offering before Yehovah, as Moshe commanded. 22 Aharon lifted up his hands toward the people, and blessed them; and he came down from offering the sin offering, and the elevation-offering, and the peace offerings.

23 Moshe and Aharon went into the Tent of Meeting, and came out, and blessed the people; and Yehovah’s glory appeared to all the people.


(iii) 24 Fire came out from before Yehovah, and consumed the elevation-offering and the fat upon the altar. When all the people saw it, they shouted, and fell on their faces.

Chapter 10

  1. The eight (sh'mini) day following the dedication of Aharon, his sons, and the leaders of Isra'el. [BACK]


Other commentaries on Leviticus 9
Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers
Pulpit Commentary
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary
Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

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