Today’s Aliyah

Dvar Torah for Tzav 6th Aliyah

The Torah discusses the initial sacrifices brought by Moshe and Aharon, describing how Moshe took the blood from the sacrifice to place on Aharon’s right ear, right thumb, and right big toe (8:23). As this is the inaugural service of the Mishkan, it would behoove us to understand the significance of placing blood on these three specific body parts.

Rabbeinu Bachya submits that the three locations of the placement of blood correspond to the three types of actions we use in the world: the right ear represents communication, the right thumb corresponds to motion and action, and the right toe represents the physical world. These representations raise awareness that our actions have consequences beyond our immediate surroundings and help us be mindful of our actions’ potential and impact.