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1:1 First Reading
God called to Moses, speaking to him from the Communion Tent. He said:
Vayikra el-Moshe vayedaber Adonay elav me'Ohel Mo'ed lemor.
1:2 Speak to the Israelites, and tell them the following:

When one of you brings a mammal as an offering to God, the sacrifice must be taken from the cattle, sheep or goats.
Daber el-beney Yisra'el ve'amarta alehem adam ki-yakriv mikem korban l'Adonay min-habehemah min-habakar umin-hatson takrivu et-korbanchem.

1:3 If the sacrifice is a burnt offering taken from the cattle, it must be an unblemished male. One must bring it of his own free will to the entrance of the Communion Tent, before God.
Im-olah korbano min-habakar zachar tamim yakrivenu el-petach Ohel Mo'ed yakriv oto lirtsono lifney Adonay.



Commentary:

God called...
  Because Moses had been unable to enter the sanctuary (Exodus 40:35).

speaking to him...
  The narrative continues on Leviticus 8:1

sheep or goats
  The Hebrew word, tzon, used here is generic, including all smaller ungulates such as sheep and goats.

burnt offering
  Olah in Hebrew. This was an offering that was completely burned, and was the first sacrifice mentioned by name in the Bible. See Genesis 8:20. Also see Genesis 4:4.

unblemished
  See Leviticus 22:18-25.





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