by Norma Cohen - March 27, 2015
In this second parashah of Leviticus, Tzav, “issue a command,” God lays out final instructions for the preparation and actual ordination of Aaron and his sons, the first professional Jewish priests. Unlike other ancient cultures, the Jewish priestly trade was placed in public view and restricted to men only.
I might have written my drash about yet another omission of women in Torah, but I came across a different interesting factoid about Tzav in a commentary by Rabbi Jonathon Sacks. Tzav contains a Shalshelet, a rare cantillation mark that occurs only three other times in the Torah, all in Bereishit. All four are found at the beginning of sections describing significant inner conflict and/or struggles with leadership.