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Parashat Shemini

Parashat Shemini

By Rabbi David Cohen: He said to Aharon, "Take for yourself a yearling calf as a sin-offering." (9:2) Aharon HaKohen brought a Korban Chatat, Sin-offering, to atone for his part in the chet ha'eigal. Klal Yisrael also brought a calf to atone for their role in making the Golden Calf. Their calf, however, was not a Korban Chatat, but, rather, a Korban Olah, Elevation/Burnt-offering. Why is there a distinction between their korbanot? A Korban Chatat atones for the maaseh aveirah, actual deed of performing the sin. The sinful act concerning the Golden Calf was making the molten calf and being involved in the revelry that accompanied its worship. The Korban Olah, however, serves to atone for one's improper thoughts, one's…

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