Vayikrah: “And he called"
Leviticus 1:1 - 5:26

And He Called

Here is a recipe
for bringing sacrifice to the L-rd

The beast must be clean and without blemish

Offered with heart and hope

Sanctifying the creature who gives of itself
as the blood is spread
releasing its life-force
upon the altar’s horns

Cleansing the children of the tribe

From the unclean they might have touched
to foul words their lips perhaps have uttered

For such does not fall lightly
upon the ears of the L-rd

As we gather to bring G-d sacrifice

Not so much to slay or slaughter
or merely kill or render dead
but to release the life within

Given before the Almighty

As we seek to realign ourselves

With the One who asks


Beckons us

To constantly seek
the path of the righteous

Indeed a recipe
for bringing our souls
in salvation to the L-rd

Rabbi Tad Campbell

(Rabbi Tad Campbell is a published writer and poet who holds an MA from the University of Oxford, England, the MTS from Duke, and his rabbinical ordination from the Rabbinical Seminary. He is a board certified chaplain and pastoral counselor and currently serves with Suncoast Hospice in Clearwater, Florida.)
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