The Torah we have inherited is not a nice, neat, easy-to-follow guidebook for how to live a good life. Rather than an instruction manual, Torah is a mirror. We gaze upon it and are forced to encounter the image that is reflected back.
By Rabbi Adina Allen Passover marks the birth of our liberation, Shavuot, its culmination. Our counting focuses our attention on the importance of the days in between. What would it mean for us to take that which we birthed in the process of liberation at Passover as seriously as the yoledet takes her tasks?
On Passover we admonish the “wicked” child for placing himself outside the experience. What he needs - what we all need - is a personal pathway in. We all require a way to read ourselves into our sacred stories.
In an era when the ancient temple no longer stands and we are no longer a religion centered around animal sacrifice, Parshat Tzav challenges us to find new ways to relate to these verses today. Within this challenge is the beauty of Torah and of Judaism.