Tzav, Zav, Sav, or in Biblical Hebrew Ṣaw is the 25th weekly Torah portion in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading and the second in the Book of Leviticus. The parashah teaches how the priests performed the sacrifices and describes the ordination of Aaron and his sons; the parashah constitutes Leviticus 6:1–8:36. The parashah is made up of 5,096 Hebrew letters, 1,353 Hebrew words, 97 verses, 170 lines in a Torah scroll. Jews read it the 24th or 25th Sabbath after Simchat Torah in the second half of March or the first half of April. In traditional Sabbath Torah reading, the parashah is divided into עליות, aliyot. In the first reading, God told Moses to command Aaron and the priests about the rituals of the sacrifices; the burnt offering was to burn on the altar until morning, when the priest was to clear the ashes to a place outside the camp. The priests were to keep every morning feeding it wood; the meal offering was to be presented before the altar, a handful of it burned on the altar, the balance eaten by the priests as unleavened cakes in the Tent of Meeting.
In the second reading, on the occasion of the High Priest's anointment, the meal offering was to be prepared with oil on a griddle and entirely burned on the altar. The sin offering was to be slaughtered at the same place as the burnt offering, the priest who offered it was to eat it in the Tent of Meeting. If the sin offering was cooked in an earthen vessel, that vessel was to be broken afterward. A copper vessel could be rinsed with reused. If blood of the sin offering was brought into the Tent of Meeting for expiation, the entire offering was to be burned on the altar; the guilt offering was to be slaughtered at the same place as the burnt offering, the priest was to dash its blood on the altar, burn its fat, broad tail and protuberance on the liver on the altar, the priest who offered it was to eat the balance of its meat in the Tent of Meeting. The priest who offered a burnt offering kept the skin; the priest who offered it was to eat any baked or grilled meal offering, but every other meal offering was to be shared among all the priests.
In the third reading, the peace offering, if offered for thanksgiving, was to be offered with unleavened cakes or wafers with oil, which would go to the priest who dashed the blood of the peace offering. All the meat of the peace offering had to be eaten on the day. If offered as a votive or a freewill offering, it could be eaten for two days, what was left on the third day was to be burned. Meat that touched anything unclean could not be eaten, and only a person, unclean could not eat meat from peace offerings, at pain of exile. One could eat no blood, at pain of exile; the person offering the peace offering had to present the offering and its fat himself, the priest would burn the fat on the altar, the breast would go to the priests, the right thigh would go to the priest who offered the sacrifice. In the fourth reading, God instructed Moses to assemble the whole community at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting for the priests' ordination. Moses brought Aaron and his sons forward, washed them, dressed Aaron in his vestments.
Moses anointed and consecrated the Tabernacle and all, in it, anointed and consecrated Aaron and his sons. In the fifth reading, Moses led forward a bull for a sin offering and his sons laid their hands on the bull's head, it was slaughtered. Moses put the bull's blood on the horns and the base of the altar, burned the fat, the protuberance of the liver, the kidneys on the altar, burned the rest of the bull outside the camp. Moses brought forward a ram for a burnt offering and his sons laid their hands on the ram's head, it was slaughtered. Moses burned all of the ram on the altar. In the sixth reading, Moses brought forward a second ram for ordination and his sons laid their hands on the ram's head, it was slaughtered. Moses put some of its blood on Aaron and his sons, on the ridges of their right ears, on the thumbs of their right hands, on the big toes of their right feet. Moses burned the animal's fat, broad tail, protuberance of the liver and right thigh on the altar with a cake of unleavened bread, a cake of oil bread, a wafer as an ordination offering.
Moses raised the breast before God and took it as his portion. In the seventh reading, Moses sprinkled his sons and their vestments, and Moses told Aaron and his sons to boil the meat at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting and eat it there, remain at the Tent of Meeting for seven days to complete their ordination, they did all the things that God had commanded through Moses. Jews who read the Torah according to the triennial cycle of Torah reading read the parashah according to the following schedule: This parashah and the preceding one have parallels or are discussed in these Biblical sources: In Psalm 50, God clarifies the purpose of sacrifices. God states that correct sacrifice was not the taking of a bull out of the sacrificer's house, nor the taking of a goat out of the sacrificer's fold, to convey to God, for every animal was God's possession; the sacrificer was not to think of the sacrifice as food for God, for God neither eats. Rather, the worshiper was to offer to God
Burs Church is a medieval church in Burs on the Swedish island of Gotland. The oldest parts of the church is the Romanesque nave, while the large choir is Gothic and richly decorated in the style of the time. Inside, the church has an altarpiece from the 15th century and a Gothic choir stall, among other things; the church in Burs derives its unusual shape from the fact. It is constructed of plastered limestone; the nave is the oldest part of the church, dating from the early 13th century. The large tower was built in the middle of the same century, while the dis-proportionally large Gothic choir was built a century replacing an earlier Romanesque choir and apse; the choir portal of the church is richly decorated. The doorway displays Gothic sculptures depicting a blessing Christ and saints, as well as a large frieze spanning the whole of the portal, depicting the Parable of the Ten Virgins; the choir, hence the choir portal, was built by a stonemasons' workshop sometimes referred to as Egypticus, active on Gotland during 1330-1380.
The same workshop made an unusual, elaborate carved limestone choir bench inside the church, on which traces of original paint are still visible. The interior is airy. Of furnishings, the altarpiece has been described as an unusually accomplished work of art made in Lübeck or northern Germany during the first half of the 15th century; the church has a triumphal cross from the 13th century, traces of medieval stained glass paintings and several pieces if furnishings which are dating from the 18th century. The church was renovated in 1960-1964. Burs Church belongs to the Diocese of Visby of the Church of Sweden. Lagerlöf, Erland. Burs kyrka. Sveriges kyrkor, konsthistoriskt inventarium. 115. Stockholm: Almqvist & Wiksell. Pp. 5–79. ISSN 0284-1894. Retrieved 28 June 2014. Media related to Burs kyrka at Wikimedia Commons Official site