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    Closeness to God – Tzav

    The sacrificial system set out in the Torah readings at this time of the year are in a state of suspense because we have no Temple.

    The sages say in the Midrash Tanchuma (Acharei Mot 10) that without a Temple, it is study and observance of the Torah that brings us closer to God (the term korban, a sacrifice, is from a root that means “near”).

    There are many similar statements – closeness to God comes, we are told, from human humility, modesty, hospitality, charity, and subduing our desires – all accessible and possible for every human being. All involve controlling our passions and ambitions.

    No-one needs to feel alienated from the Almighty so long as they know how He desires us to live.

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