THE TORAH: Parshat Vayikra
Chabad states that “Rashi’s commentary is an indispensable part of a person’s daily studies. His explanation of the Chumash, the first five books of the Torah, clarifies the “simple” meaning of the text so that a bright child of five could understand it. At the same time, it is the crucial foundation of some of the most profound legal analysis and mystical discourses that came after it.”
I have always thought that Rashi’s commentary was gross. I now think it is part of the dark arts of the Torah. So many have studied it that when you skry it, all kinds of voices come in.
Let’s look at this. It is an offering to the spirits. A bit of flour, but without the usual accompaniment of oil poured over it or frankincense burnt and wafted onto it.
Where did Moishe come up with this stuff?
It must have been THE NORM. Everyone in the neighborhood must have been doing this. All of the cool kids had stuff like Horus and Astarte and ELEGUA. There they are, with a bowl of fine flour and some oil, presented with a flourish and applause.
And here we are, finally arriving, and we can have these gizmos . . . again. Only this time with the imprimatur of THE BIG PEOPLE.
It is fun to belong and to be part of the general enthusiasm of things.
The OWLS say that offerings of food strengthen the etheric of the animals in our work. If we only give the offering of meditation and prayer, we only feed the mind and that doesn’t keep things really enjoyable.