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March 26, 2017 / conservadox

Dvar Torah- Vayikra

This week’s portion is all about the details of sacrifices.   One of the most puzzling offerings is the guilt offering in case of doubt – that is, when one “is uncertain if he sinned” (Lev. 5:17).  In that case, one offers a ram.  Miller suggests that this is one of the more expensive offerings.

Why?  “If you are uncertain if you have sinned you are in need of more atonement.  When you know that you have sinned, you are sure that something needs correcting, which will probably lead you to act on your feelings.  But if you are uncertain that you have sinned, you are likely to take the matter less seriously.  Therefore a more powerful- and more expensive- atonement is necessary.”

I wonder how this worked out in practice.  It would seem like anyone at all prone to self-doubt would be bringing a few rams a day.  Or maybe that’s just me.

Maybe its harder to move on when you aren’t quite sure whether you did the right thing, and maybe the offering reflects this.


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