1-minute Lessons on Book of Leviticus by Rabbi Nachman Simon

One-minute audio lessons on special points from weekly Torah readings in the Book of Leviticus. Shared with permission from Rabbi Nachman Simon.


Vayikra: Leviticus ch. 1. Why is there a small letter aleph in the first word, “Vayikra”?

When G-d told Moses to begin writing the Book of Leviticus with the words, “He called to Moses…” (…וַיִּקְרָ֖א אֶל-משֶׁ֑ה / Vayikra el-Moshe), Moshe objected that it should call such attention to him at the very outset, because he was the most humble person who ever lived. G-d was able to calm his complaint by instructing him to write the first first aleph / א as a smaller letter, to indicate that Moses was small in his own eyes: (…וַיִּקְרָ֖א אֶל-משֶׁ֑ה). That is how it appears in the hand-written Torah scroll.


Tzav: Leviticus ch. 6. Connecting to G-d through your commandments (.wav audio file)



Shemini: Leviticus ch. 10. Entering the Holy of Holies?!



Tazria: Leviticus ch. 13.

(1) Why don’t we have tzara’as nowadays?


(2) Only a Kohen can declare a Jew’s tzara’as to be impure. Why?




(1) Leviticus ch. 20. Torah deals with the highest and the lowest.


(2) Leviticus 23:22. Giving charity is like bringing a sacrifice to G-d.