The Torah Revealed: Talmudic Masters Unveil the Secrets of the Bible

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Torah Portion
Vayikra
Leviticus 1:1–5:26

THE OFFERINGS

(1:1) God called to Moses, and spoke to him from the communion tent, saying …


The Talmud Teaches

God called to Moses, and spoke to him Why is it that God called before He spoke? The Torah wants to teach us good manners— that a person should not say something to a friend on impulse, blurting out the message he wants to convey. He should first tell him that he wants to speak to him, so that the friend can mentally prepare himself (Yoma 4b).

saying R. Menassiah Rabbah said: How do we know that when a person tells something to a friend, the friend must keep the message confidential until he is told, “Go ahead and relate it to others”? From the word leimor, “saying.”

NOTE: Rashi explains that leimor is seen as a contraction of lo emor, “do not tell” (Yoma 4b).

(1:2) Speak to the children of Israel and say to them: When one of you brings an animal as an offering to God, the sacrifice must be taken from the cattle, sheep, or goats.

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