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  • Writer's pictureLeann Shamash

Concentric Circles of Gratitude

Have you recently

Crossed the sea?

Crossed a desert?

Recently recovered from an illness?

Freed from prison?

If so, you might be, or might have been eligible for a Zevach Todah, a thanksgiving offering, one of the Korbanot discussed in Parshat Tzav this week.

Thanks to help from the Orthodox Union and Rabbi Jim Morgan I can report on what a Korban Todah might have looked like.

Back then you would have to bring many loaves of bread...(40!!!!)  and you would be required to eat them in one day instead of two, so you might need to invite lots of people to help you eat all that bread

And in the process, you might even share your story with them and let them know of the kindness of HaShem.

What a wonderful korban to write about! Happy and full of gratitude.

Truthfully, gratitude is spoken about quite a bit these days.  It's never too often to think and express our gratitude for others and for things surrounding us in this world. And just for a few moments I'd like to focus in on that idea behind the korban.

So, for the next few minutes I want to ask you to focus in on things that you are grateful for....I will ask you to close your eyes I hope that you will imagine for a moment specific things you are grateful for, just one small thing or two to say out loud to yourself, thus cementing that gratitude for a few moments.

Here goes. What you see below is what I will record now, but perhaps in a different order.

Will you close your eyes and be grateful for 2 minutes and 25 seconds?

Perhaps this is a modern-day Korban Todah.

Shabbat Shalom and may we hear good news soon.


אִ֣ם עַל־תּוֹדָה֮ יַקְרִיבֶ֒נּוּ֒ וְהִקְרִ֣יב ׀ עַל־זֶ֣בַח הַתּוֹדָ֗ה חַלּ֤וֹת מַצּוֹת֙ בְּלוּלֹ֣ת בַּשֶּׁ֔מֶן וּרְקִיקֵ֥י מַצּ֖וֹת מְשֻׁחִ֣ים בַּשָּׁ֑מֶן וְסֹ֣לֶת מֻרְבֶּ֔כֶת חַלֹּ֖ת בְּלוּלֹ֥ת בַּשָּֽׁמֶן׃

One who offers it for thanksgiving shall offer, together with the sacrifice of thanksgiving, unleavened cakes with oil mixed in—unleavened wafers spread with oil—and cakes of choice flour with oil mixed in, well soaked.

Leviticus 7:12


More on the thanksgiving offering:


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Mar 28

So many things to be grateful for! During these days I think about the hostages and freedom comes to mind. Loved it!

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