THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
34 Friday, March 21, 1986
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And Closeness To God
BY RABBI IRWIN GRONER
Special to The Jewish News
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TOWARDS SUMMIT II
REP. SANDER LEVIN
SUNDAY, APRIL 13, 1986
Jewish Community Center
Opening address precedes
Worshops to be conducted by William Keyserling, Washington representative for
the National Conference on Soviet Jewry and Abraham J. Bayer, director of the
International Commission for the National Jewish Community Relations Advisory
Chairman of the Dar Betsy Winkelman
THE COMMUNITY IS INVITED
The Book of Vayikra — offering brought every morning
Leviticus describes the system of and evening on behalf of the
sacrifices which was followed by whole community. The public act
the people of Israel in the days of of worship dramatizes the idea of
Moses, and during the period unity. Every member of the con-
when the Holy Temple stood in gregation of Israel had his per-
Jerusalem. The karbanot or sac- sonal share in the collective offer-
rifices are presented in detail: the ing. The central sanctuary with
burnt offering, the peace offering, its communal sacrifices was a vis-
the sin offering, the guilt offering. ible object-lesson of the ideal of
The priest would accept these sac- communal solidarity. Without it,
rifices and place them on the al- the tribes would have drifted
tar. The layman, moved by deep apart. With it, they were joined
emotion, would place his hands into one integrated group.
Has the need for unity ceased to
upon the head of the offering
while the Levites would sing to exist in our time? Can we today
the accompaniment of instrumen- afford a fragmented people, torn
The contemporary Jew, in con-
sidering these verses, may won-
der about their relevance to his Shabbat Zachor:
problems and needs. He may even Leviticus 1:1 ;5:26,
deem the whole order of sacrificial
practice as barbaric. What mes- Deuteronomy
sages does the Book of Leviticus 25:17-19.
convey to a world so far removed
in time and circumstance from the I Samuel 15:1-34.
world of the Bible?
The source of this expression of
contemporary contempt is the in-
correct way in which we regard apart by schisms and fac-
ancient life. We criticize the in- tionalism? Is there not an urgent
stitutions of 3,000 years ago in the necessity to restore our shared af-
light of 20th Century civilization. firmation of Jewish faith and de-
We need to understand what lies stiny, our common loyalty to our
beneath the surface, the motives heritage, and our hope for Rede-
that inspired the offerings of old. mption?
Although the passage of time
Behind the system of sacrifices
was the desire of man to commune transforms the circumstances of
with God. The human being was life, the human condition remains
stirred by a powerful need to give the same. Sacrificial observances
expression to his sense of awe and were the personal and collective
reverence. The world karbon or experiences by which the people
sacrifice is derived from the He- expressed their reverence to the
brew karov which means to draw Almighty and their fellowship
near, to come close. The goal of the with each other. We need to read
sacrifice was to enable the wor- the Book of Leviticus with under-
shipper to experience the Divine standing minds and responsive
Presence, to sense His love, and to hearts so that we absorb its les-
feel the strength of His nearness. sons and, appreciating their Sub-
God is the Host of the universe; we lime purpose, find new expression .
dwell in His House; we are all His for them in our lives.
guests; we owe Him thanks.
The Israelite sought to show his
gratitude to God for the blessings
he had received. He looked upon
his harvest and flocks and in his
heart arose an urge to express his
gratitude to the Power that pro-
vided rain in its due season, with- PLO Subject
out which the land would have Of Lecture
been barren and the animals
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with contempt. But is the sense of
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God for our life and the means of is a fee.
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cient man who longed to thank held on Saturday at 8 p.m. at the
God for what He had provided. temple. •
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A second concept is suggested
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