The commandments which G-d gave to Moshe in order to pass on to the Children of Israel are introduced in the Torah, at varying points, with three different expressions:
1. Dibur – Speech (eg “G-d spoke to Moshe”)
2. Amirah – Saying (eg “G-d said to Moshe”)
3. Tsivui – Commanding (eg “Command
Aharon and his sons”)
Speak to Aharon and to his sons, saying, ‘This is the law of the sin offering: The sin offering shall be slaughtered before the Lord in the place where the burnt offering is slaughtered. It is a holy of holies’ (Vayikra 6:18).
It's popularly said that the last two Mitzvot that a Jew who decides to abandon Judaism gives up are Brit Milah (circumcision) and the Pesach Seder. While Brit Milah will have to be a discussion for another time, let us consider here the attraction of the Seder. To understand the great hold that it still exerts on the Jewish people after thousands of years we shall have to go back to its very origins, which are in the Torah itself.
Salt and Sacrifices – Mending the Past whilst Preparing a better Future
Shabbat, Festivals & The Year
One of the most enigmatic of instructions associated with the bringing of offerings is the three-fold command that “You shall salt your every meal-offering with salt; you may not discontinue the salt of your G-d’s covenant from your meal-offering – on your every offering shall you offer salt” (Vayikra 2:13).