This portion begins by mentioning the death of Aaron's two sons. Aaron and the other priests (kohenim) are warned not to go beyond the vail into the Holy of Holies. Only on one day of the year shall the High Priest go past the vail into the the Holy of Holies. We examine several aspects of the service and customs of Yom Kippur. (Day of Atonement) In light of Yom Kippur, we discuss several passages from the Brit Chadesha (NT) such as the beginning of Y'shua's ministry, the Mount of Transfiguration and passages from Revelation. We also discuss various kinds of trumpets and aspects of the Year of Jubilee. (Yovel)
In this double portion, we briefly examine the laws of purity governing childbirth and discuss the theme of the seed that runs through all of the scripture. We also examine the laws pertaining to "tzara'at", usually translated as leprosy. In this study, we discuss the deeper implications of this affliction on human flesh, in areas of hair and beards, clothing and even in houses. We will see that there are not only important spiritual lessons to be learned from this passage, but prophetic as well.
In Shemini (eighth), we witness the tragic death of Aaron's two sons when they offered up "strange fire." We also consider the elongated "vav" in the center of all letters in the word "belly." We also discuss some of the common passages used as proof texts within Christianity to explain why the laws of kosher are no longer applicable.
We continue in Leviticus with the portion Tzav (Command) by reviewing some about the corbanot. (offerenings) In this teaching, we discuss the tamid (continual) offering and the possible future ramifications. We also discuss the laws governing removal of ashes from the elevation altar.