Short Parsha Riddles: צַו / Tzav

וַיִּקְרָא / Vayikra / Leviticus 6:1-8:36

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To take out the trash can be such a big bore,
Yet the kohanim would fight for this chore;
Up the steep ramp, the kohen – quick! – dashes,
To sweep with his broom and scoop up the __________.


Two kinds of animals we must never eat,
Not for a snack or an after-meal treat;
Though they were kosher the day they were born,
If they’re __________ or __________, their flesh you must scorn!


imageI’d like to duck and run away when the oil comes near,
“Must you pour it?” I beg him, my brother daft and dear.
“Yes, I must,” he tells me now, and asks me to stand still,
And though it’s oozing down my neck, he said it, so I will.  Who are we?


It’s not enough to feel a feeling, when you’re in the mood,
It’s not enough to say you’re sorry, if you have been rude;
Instead, Hashem tells us we can’t just sit and know it –
March to the Mishkan to give a __________, to really, truly SHOW it.

[5] – BONUS!

The kohanim were holy, a specialized breed,
Set apart for fulfilling Hashem’s every need.
When they did a mitzvah, it surely was with love…
So why did Hashem start this parsha out by saying “Tzav!”???

STUMPED?? Here are some answers: 
[ 1 ] Ashes – this mitzvah, trumas ha-deshen, was prized and honoured despite its seemingly lowly nature.
[ 2 ] Neveilah (נְבֵלָה ) or Trayfa (טְרֵפָה), animals that have died or been killed.
[ 3 ] Moshe and Aharon.
[ 4 ] Korban
[ 5 ] The kohanim received a share of almost every korban, but the Olah, with which the parsha opens, was wholly consumed and so could have been perceived resentfully as a waste.  Rashi says the strong word Tzav urges them to follow the rules meticulously, despite the perceived monetary “loss.”


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