Tzav: Chapter 4

"This is the Torah of the burnt offering," part two


Rabbi Chiya says that "This is the Torah" is the Congregation of Yisrael, and that "the burnt offering" means it rises to be adorned on high. Another explanation is that "the burnt offering" is an evil thought that arises in a man's mind, and that that evil thought should be burnt by fire. Rabbi Chiya tells how the other side is subdued by the river of fire. We learn from Rabbi Shimon that the fire of the altar should never be allowed to go out so that its power and strength will not weaken, and lastly he tells us of the five kinds of fire that descend on the offering.