Today’s Aliyah

Dvar Torah for Tzav 2nd Aliyah

Our parashah contains a pasuk describing the inaugural Minchah offering as well as the daily Minchah offering, offered twice a day in perpetuity (6:13). If the offering is brought twice daily, why do we need the added instructions of its being brought on the first day of service? Wouldn’t twice daily be inclusive of the first time it’s offered?
Rav Moshe Feinstein extracts a meaningful lesson from this pasuk.

Every day of service the Kohen brings the same offering as his first day to instill in him a sense of humility. While the Kohen could easily get carried away with his status as a Kohen, this daily Minchah is an anchoring reminder that his service is a privilege not to be taken for granted. That initial gratitude of being in a position to contribute should be the prevailing attitude throughout our many roles in life.