Wayyiqra Highlights

3rd Book: Wayyiqra (Leviticus)


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The third book of Mosheh is titled in Hebrew ‘Wayyiqra’, meaning “and he called”. Yahudi (Jewish) historical documents refer to this book as the “Torah of the Priests” and the “Torah of the Offerings”. The Greek title in the Septuagint is ‘Leuitikon’, which means ‘that which pertains to the Lewites’. From this, the Latin Vulgate derived the name ‘Leviticus’. This title is misleading because the book pertains not only to the Lewites, but most specifically the Kohenim (priests), which are a group within the Lewites.

Wayyiqra deals with the concept of being Qodesh, meaning set-apart, pure and sanctified. To be Qodesh is a way of life, therefore Wayyqira explains how to worship, obey and serve YaHuWaH. Wayyiqra deals with laws of purity of cleanliness vs. the profane and unclean. There are outlines that pertain exclusively to the priests, some pertain exclusively to males, females, but ultimately it is a guide for Israel (Yashra’el) dealing with all aspects of life. “You shall be Qodesh, for I YaHuWaH your Elohim am Qodesh” (Wayyiqra 19:2).

  • Types of Offerings 1:1-7:38
  • Priestly Offerings and Garments 8:1-9:24
  • The Sin of Nadab and Obihu 10:1-10:20
  • Dietary Laws 11:1-11:47
  • Childbirth 12:1-12:8
  • Examinations 13:1-13:59
  • Cleansings 13:1-13:57
  • Discharges 15:1-15:33
  • The Hight Priest and Atonement 16:1-16:34
  • Sacrifice Locations 17:1-17:26
  • Sexual Sins and Social Order 19:1-20:27
  • Laws for the Priests 21:1-22:33
  • The Sabbaths and Feast Days 23:1-23:44
  • The Menorah and Showbread 24:1-24:9
  • Blasphemy of The Name 24:10-24:23
  • Sabbath Year 25:1-25:55
  • Obedience 26:1-26:46
  • Consectration 27:1-27:34
Readings from Wayyiqra (Leviticus):

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3.1 Parsha Wayyiqra Chapters 1:1-6:7

And YaHuWaH called to Mushah, and spoke to him from the Tent of Meeting, saying… – Wayyiqra 1:1

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3.2 Parsha Tzav Wayyiqra Chapters 6:8-8:36

And YaHuWaH spoke to Mushah, saying, “Command Aharon and his sons, saying, ‘This is the Torah of the burnt offering: This is the burnt offering, because it is burned on the altar all night until morning, and the fire of the altar is kept burning on it. Wayyiqra (Leviticus) 6:8-9

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3.3 Parsha Shemini Wayyiqra Chapters 9:1-11:47

And on the eighth day it came to be that Mushah called Aharon and his sons and the elders of Yashar’al (Yisrael).-Leviticus (Wayyiqra) 9:1

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3.4 Parsha Tazria Wayyiqra Chapters 12:1-13:59

And YaHuWaH spoke to Mushah, saying,“Speak to the children of Yashar’al (Yisrael), saying, ‘When a woman has conceived, and has given birth to a male child, then she shall be unclean seven days, as in the days of her monthly separation she is unclean.- Wayyiqra (Levitivus) 12:1-2

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3.5 Parsha Metzorah Wayyiqra Chapters 12:1-15:33

And YaHuWaH spoke to Mushah, saying,“This shall be the Torah of the leper for the day of his cleansing: He shall be brought to the priest- Wayyiqra (Leviticus) 14:1-2

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3.6 Parsha Acharei Mot Wayyiqra Chapters 16:1-18:30

And YaHuWaH spoke to Mushah after the death of the two sons of Aharon, as they drew near before YaHuWaH, and died. – Wayyiqra (Leviticus) 16:1

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3.7 Parsha Kedoshim Wayyiqra Chapters 19:1-20:27

And YaHuWaH spoke to Mushah, saying, “Speak to all the congregation of the children of Yashar’al (Yisrael), and say to them, ‘Be set-apart, for I YaHuWaH your Elohim am set-apart.- Wayyiqra (Leviticus) 19:1-2

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3.8 Parsha Emor Wayyiqra Chapters 21:1-24:23

And YaHuWaH said to Mushah (Moshe), “Speak to the priests, the sons of Aharon, and say to them: ‘No one is to be defiled for the dead among his people- Wayyiqra (Leviticus) 21:1

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3.9 Parsha Behar Wayyiqra Chapters 25:1-26:2

And YaHuWaH spoke to Mushah (Mosheh) on Mount Sinai, saying, “Speak to the children of Yashar’al (Yisrael) and say to them, ‘When you come into the land which I give you, then the land shall observe a Sabbath to YaHuWaH.- Wayyiqra (Leviticus) 25:1-2

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3.10 Parsha Bechukotai Chapters 26:3-27:34

‘If you walk in My laws and guard My commands, and shall do them, then I shall give you rain in its season, and the land shall yield its crops, and the trees of the field yield their fruit.- Wayyiqra (Leviticus) 26:3-4

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