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Torah portion Va’Yikra:  Lev 1:1 – 5:26

Va'Yikra is Hebrew for And He called.  This is the first Torah portion in the Book of Leviticus.

This Torah portion describes the different kinds of sacrifices – burnt offerings, meal offerings, and peace offerings – and the bases for which one makes sacrifice –unintentional sins, and various guilt offerings  to atone for the misuse of priestly property or that of a neighbor.  The priests are the ones who actually perform the sacrifices on behalf of the congregants.