This is the third book of the Torah, whose narrative takes place after the exodus from Egypt and the revelation of God on Mount Sinai. The emphasis is on rituals, laws and codes of moral conduct. In this parashah, after anointing the Tent of Assignment and the priests who will officiate in the tabernacle, God instructs Moses regarding the sacrifices that are to be made thereafter.
We are starting a new book: Vayikra.
And this is one of the most complicated in the Torah. It's not that it's hard, because it really isn't. It is not that it has twists and turns that lead us to hidden worlds that we do not understand at all. Vaikra lacks the charm of Bereshit, the book of Genesis, that seduces us with the secrets of the origins, and the first stories of humanity and our people. Vayikra does not have the captivating story of Egypt with Moshe growing in image and leadership who traps us behind the column of our ancestors coming out of slavery and beginning a journey that will be endless for them.
This week we begin the third book of the Torah.
Vayikra means "and he called". According to the text of the Torah, it is another moment of a call from God, in this case addressed to Moshe. But we must consider that according to the midrash, God's voice is not a faint voice. Today we read and sang psalm 29: "Kol Adonai bakoach", "Kol Adonai Shover Arazim" and "Kol Adonai yachil midbar", which wants to express that "the voice of God generates strength, breaks the cedars and makes the desert tremble.