Summaries, Charts, Translations and aids for recorded lecture tapes by Rabbi Ginsburgh
Lecture No. E_012
The Weekly Torah Portion of: Tzav
Two elements of the animal sacrifice brought in the Temple, the "choice fats" (chelev) and the "blood" (dam) are offered exclusively to God. (We learn from this that anything that is choice should be given to our Creator). Neither the person bringing the sacrifice nor the priest can partake of them. This prohibition is eternal. Even today, Jews do not eat the choice fats or blood of the kosher animal. In order to understand the reason for this prohibition, we must explore the inner significance of these two elements of the sacrifice.
Two Dimensions of the Super-conscious Crown
The Temple Service: Rectifying Consciousness
Rectifying Consciousness Without Temple
At the time of the Temple all of the service to God was actually reaching into the unconscious of man and rectifying it. To our sorrow, the Temple has not yet been rebuilt. Without the Temple, most people cannot access the far reaches of their unconsciousness. At best we can just control our consciousness. According to the book of Tanya (by the first Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Schneor Zalman of Liadi), the level that most people can attain today is that of the intermediate servant of God, who is in complete control of His conscious thoughts, words and deeds. Nonetheless, the prohibition to eat the blood and chelev of any kosher animal is still in place. On our own level, we must still rectify our will and pleasure, and offer them up to God.
The Choice of the Choice
The Mathematical Meditation
The numerical value of dam is 44.
The sum of these numbers is 130.
130 is 10 times 13, the numerical value of echad. (13 is also the value of ahavah, "love.") Ten times 13 is the full manifestation of how the complete Oneness of God manifests itself in all ten conscious levels of our soul.
By searching our consciousness to access the two dimensions of pleasure and the dimension of will in our souls, and offering them to God, we can achieve simple unity with our Creator on all ten conscious levels of our soul.