Parshas Tzav-Parsha Bee

Parshas Tzav

General questions

  1. How many verses are there in this week’s Parsha? 97
  2. Which Haftorah is read for this week’s Parsha? Yirmiyahu 7:21-28[1], 9:22-23
  3. How many mitzvah’s are there in this week’s Parsha?[2]
  4. What are the Mitzvos in this week’s Parsha? See our corresponding book, “The weekly Parsha summary.”
  5. What is the main theme which surrounds Parshas Vayikra? Sacrifices and the inauguration of the Kohanim.


The constant fire on the altar, the Olah offering & Terumas Hadeshen

  1. All of the meat of the Olah offering had to be burnt prior to sunset?[3]
  2. What was the mitzvah of the Terumas Hadeshen?
  3. What clothing did the Cohen wear when he performed Terumas Hadeshen?[4]
  4. What was done with the ash of the sacrifices?[5]
  5. Was the fire on the altar ever extinguished?[6]
  6. Who was in charge of lighting the fire on the altar?[7]

The laws of the Mincha offering

  1. Where was the Mincha offering to be eaten?[8]
  2. Were there any restrictions regarding how it was allowed to be eaten?[9]
  3. Were the wives and daughters of priests allowed to eat the Mincha leftovers?[10]


The Karban of the Kohanim on the day of their inauguration

  1. What offering where the high priests required to bring on the day of their inauguration?[11]
  2. When was it to be offered onto the altar?[12]
  3. What did this offering consists of?[13]
  4. What was done with the leftovers of the offering?[14]

The laws of the Chatas offering

  1. What is to be done with clothing that absorbed the blood from the Chatas offering?[15]
  2. What is to be done with vessels in which the Chatas offering were cooked in?[16]
  3. What is to be done with the Chatas offering if it’s blood was entered into the Ohel Moed?[17]
  4. Who keeps the meat and skin and Mincha of the Karbanos?[18]


The laws of the Shlamim, Toda

  1. How many different breads were brought with the Todah offering?[19]
  2. How many breads were given to the priests?[20]
  3. How much time does one have to eat the meat of the Toda offering?[21]

The laws of Nosar, Pigul, Tuma

  1. How much time does one have to eat the meat of the Shelamim offering?[22]
  2. What is Pigul and what is its penalty?[23]
  3. What should be done with the meat of it became impure?[24]
  4. May an impure priest eat the meat and what is the penalty if he does so?[25]

The laws of Cheilev/forbidden fats and blood

  1. Is the Cheilev of an animal permitted a benefit?[26]
  2. What is the penalty if one eats Cheilev?[27]
  3. What is the penalty if one eats blood?[28]

Offering the Shelamim:

  1. What part of the Shelamim sacrifice was given to the priests?[29]


The inauguration of Aaron and his sons

  1. What items were taken to perform the inauguration of the priests?[30]
  2. What was the order of dressing Aron; which garments were put on first?[31]
  3. What was anointed with the anointing oil?[32]
  4. How many times was the oil poured over their heads?[33]
  5. Who poured the anointing oil over the items Moses or Aron?[34]


Offering the Karbanos by the inauguration

  1. Who performed the Semicha on the animals, Moses or Aaron?[35]
  2. What was done with the meat and blood of the bull offering?[36]
  3. What was done with the meat and blood of the ram offering?[37]


The second inauguration ram

  1. What was done with the blood of the second ram?[38]
  2. What part of the ram did Moshe receive as a present from God?[39]


Eating the sacrifices

  1. What was to be done with the meat of the sacrifices?[40]
  2. Were the priests allowed to leave the temple during the seven days of their inauguration?[41]

[1] So is followed by Chabad communities. However, Ashkenazi and Sepahardi communities read until verse 8:3 and then add the verses 9:22-23

[2] There are a total of eighteen Mitzvos in Parshas Tzav; Nine positive commands and Nine negative commands.

[3] false. It shall remain burning on the altar throughout the night.

[4] The Kohen is to wear his linen shirt and pants on his flesh upon removing the ash of the sacrifices.

[5] The ash is to be placed next to the altar. He is to change clothing and remove the ash out of the encampment, to a place of purity.

[6] The fire on the altar is to remain there constantly and is not to be extinguished.

[7] The Kohen is to place wood on the altar each morning to fuel the fire.

[8] The remainder of the Mincha is to be eaten by the Kohanim in the courtyard of the Ohel Moed.

[9] It is to be eaten as Matzah, and not Chameitz.

[10] No

[11] On the day of his inauguration, Aaron and his children are to offer to Hashem a 10th of an Eifa [2.49 liter] of flour as a Mincha offering. It is to be fine flour [i.e. Soles].

[12] Half is to be offered in the morning and half in the evening.

[13] It is to be fried in oil in a pan and broken to small pieces.

[14] The entire Mincha is to be offered to Hashem and no part of it is to be eaten.

[15] Any garment that gets wet from its blood is to be laundered in the holy place.

[16] The earthenware vessel in which it is cooked is to be destroyed, while if it is cooked in a copper vessel, it is to be cleaned and washed with water.

[17] Any Chatas which its blood is entered into the Ohel Moed to atone is not to be eaten. It is rather to be burnt in fire.

[18] The Chatas and Asham have the same law; it is given to the Kohen who offers it. Likewise, the Kohanim who offer the Olah of an individual gets to keep its skin. Likewise, any baked and fried Mincha which is offered by a Kohen, is to be given to that Kohen. Any Mincha offering that is mixed with oil or is dry, belongs to all of Aaron’s sons.

[19] If a Todah Shelamim offering is brought, it is to have [four types of breads, three which are] Matzah breads offered with it. The breads are to be mixed with oil [type #1], and contain Matzah crackers which are smeared with oil [type #2], and fine broiled flour which is mixed with oil [type #3]. In addition, Chametz bread is also to be brought with the Karban. [type #4]

[20] One loaf of each of the breads of the Todah offering are to be donated to Hashem and given to the Kohen who throws the blood of the Shelamim.

[21] The meat of the Toda is to be eaten that day and is not to remain until morning.

[22] If one donates a Shelamim offering, it may be eaten that day and the next day, however any leftovers may not be eaten. The leftovers [i.e. Nosar] of the third day are to be burnt in a fire.

[23] If the meat is [intended] to be eaten on the third day, the sacrifice is invalid for the person who brought it, as it is considered Pigul [distanced]. One who eats it is liable [for punishment].

[24] If the meat become impure, it may not be eaten and is to be burnt in the fire.

[25] The meat of the Karban may only be eaten by a person who is pure. One who eats the meat while he is in a state of impurity, receives the penalty of Kareis.

[26] The Cheilev of a Niveila of Treifa may be used for all ones needs, although may not be eaten.

[27] Whoever eats the forbidden fats of a Karban [or Chulin, non-Karban, animal] receives the penalty of Kareis.

[28] One who eats any of the blood receives the penalty of Kareis.

[29] The right leg is to be given as a present to the Kohen. It is given to the Kohen who offers the blood and Cheilev of the sacrifice. This is an eternal gift to the priests from Hashem.

[30] Hashem told Moshe to take Aaron and his sons and perform the inauguration. He is to take the clothing, the anointing oil, the sacrifices which include the Chatas cow, the two rams and the basket of Matzos.

[31] Moshe did as instructed, and bathed Aaron and his sons in water and dressed them. He placed on Aaron the Kutones, and wound the belt around him, the Meil, the Eiphod, and the belt of the Eiphod, the Choshen and the Urim Vetumim. He placed the Mitznefes on his head, and on the Mitznefes, towards his face, he placed the Tzitz.

[32] Moshe took the anointing oil and anointed the Mishkan and all of its vessels, and sanctified it. He poured the anointing oil on the head of Aaron to sanctify him.

[33] He sprinkled the oil onto the altar seven times, and anointed the altar and all its vessels with the oil, as well as the Kiyor.

[34] Moshe

[35] Aaron and his sons performed Semicha to the head of the Chatas bull offering.

[36] It was slaughtered, and its blood was taken by Moshe and placed on the corners of the Mizbeiach with his fingers. The remainder of the blood was poured on the foundation of the altar and it was sanctified to atone. Moshe offered onto the altar the fat that covers the intestines and the diaphragm of the liver and the two kidneys. The bull itself, its skin, meat and waste he burnt in a fire outside of the camp, as Hashem commanded Moshe.

[37] It was slaughtered, and its blood was thrown by Moshe around the Mizbeiach. The ram was dismembered, and Moshe offered its head and other limbs onto the altar. Its innards were washed in water. Moshe offered the entire ram to the altar as it is an Olah offering to Hashem.

[38] It was slaughtered, and its blood was taken by Moshe and placed on the edges of the right ear and right thumb of the hand and toe of Aaron and his sons. The remainder of the blood was poured around the altar.

[39] Moshe took the breast of the ram and waved it before Hashem. It was a present to Moshe from Hashem.

[40] Moshe told Aaron and his sons to cook the meat in front of the Ohel Moed and eat it there. Likewise, the bread is to be eaten there. The leftover meat and bread is to be burnt.

[41] Aaron and his sons are to remain for the full seven days, day and night, in the opening of the Ohel Moed, until the end of the inauguration. They are not to leave the area, lest they die.

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