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Torah Tidbits with Martha Baumgarten

In this week’s Parsha Tzav, we learn about the components of a Korban Todah, the Thanksgiving offering:

"If he is bringing it as a thanksgiving offering, he shall offer, along with the thanksgiving offering unleavened loaves mixed with oil, unleavened wafers anointed with oil, and scalded flour mixed with oil. (Vayikra 7:12)"

Rashi tells us that such a korban would be given if a person was released from prison, safely returned from a sea voyage, crossed a desert, or recovered from an illness. (Nowadays, we say Birkat HaGomel.) Rashi also tells us that the bread offered can only be eaten on the day that it was offered and the following night.

Why is there such a short window of time to eat the bread?

The Sforno explains that the purpose of the short time period is to guarantee that the person bringing the sacrifice will share the bread and publicize what happened to him. This provides a valuable lesson for us. When we experience Hashem’s kindness, it is important for us to spread the news and share the joy.

Good Shabbos!

Martha Baumgarten
Judaic Studies Teacher

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