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Numbers Chapter 15 | Parsha: Shelah-Lekha

1The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 2Speak to the Israelite people and say to them:
When you enter the land that I am giving you to settle in,
3and would present an offering by fire to the Lord from the herd or from the flock, be it burnt offering or sacrifice, in fulfillment of a vow explicitly uttered, or as a freewill offering, or at your fixed occasions, producing an odor pleasing to the Lord:

4The person who presents the offering to the Lord shall bring as a meal offering: a tenth of a measure of choice flour with a quarter of a hin of oil mixed in. 5You shall also offer, with the burnt offering or the sacrifice, a quarter of a hin of wine as a libation for each sheep.

6In the case of a ram, you shall present as a meal offering: two-tenths of a measure of choice flour with a third of a hin of oil mixed in; 7and a third of a hin of wine as a libation—as an offering of pleasing odor to the Lord.

8And if it is an animal from the herd that you offer to the Lord as a burnt offering or as a sacrifice, in fulfillment of a vow explicitly uttered or as an offering of well-being, 9there shall be offered a meal offering along with the animal: three-tenths of a measure of choice flour with half a hin of oil mixed in; 10and as libation you shall offer half a hin of wine—these being offerings by fire of pleasing odor to the Lord.

11Thus shall be done with each ox, with each ram, and with any sheep or goat, 12as many as you offer; you shall do thus with each one, as many as there are. 13Every citizen, when presenting an offering by fire of pleasing odor to the Lord, shall do so with them.

14And when, throughout the ages, a stranger who has taken up residence with you, or one who lives among you, would present an offering by fire of pleasing odor to the Lord—as you do, so shall it be done by 15the rest of the congregation. There shall be one law for you and for the resident stranger; it shall be a law for all time throughout the ages. You and the stranger shall be alike before the Lord; 16the same ritual and the same rule shall apply to you and to the stranger who resides among you.

17The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 18Speak to the Israelite people and say to them:
When you enter the land to which I am taking you
19and you eat of the bread of the land, you shall set some aside as a gift to the Lord: 20as the first yield of your baking, you shall set aside a loaf as a gift; you shall set it aside as a gift like the gift from the threshing floor. 21You shall make a gift to the Lord from the first yield of your baking, throughout the ages.

22If you unwittingly fail to observe any one of the commandments that the Lord has declared to Moses 23—anything that the Lord has enjoined upon you through Moses—from the day that the Lord gave the commandment and on through the ages:

24If this was done unwittingly, through the inadvertence of the community, the whole community shall present one bull of the herd as a burnt offering of pleasing odor to the Lord, with its proper meal offering and libation, and one he-goat as a sin offering. 25The priest shall make expiation for the whole Israelite community and they shall be forgiven; for it was an error, and for their error they have brought their offering, an offering by fire to the Lord and their sin offering before the Lord. 26The whole Israelite community and the stranger residing among them shall be forgiven, for it happened to the entire people through error.

27In case it is an individual who has sinned unwittingly, he shall offer a she-goat in its first year as a sin offering. 28The priest shall make expiation before the Lord on behalf of the person who erred, for he sinned unwittingly, making such expiation for him that he may be forgiven. 29For the citizen among the Israelites and for the stranger who resides among them—you shall have one ritual for anyone who acts in error.

30But the person, be he citizen or stranger, who acts defiantly reviles the Lord; that person shall be cut off from among his people. 31Because he has spurned the word of the Lord and violated His commandment, that person shall be cut off—he bears his guilt.

32Once, when the Israelites were in the wilderness, they came upon a man gathering wood on the sabbath day. 33Those who found him as he was gathering wood brought him before Moses, Aaron, and the whole community. 34He was placed in custody, for it had not been specified what should be done to him. 35Then the Lord said to Moses, “The man shall be put to death: the whole community shall pelt him with stones outside the camp.” 36So the whole community took him outside the camp and stoned him to death—as the Lord had commanded Moses.

37The Lord said to Moses as follows: 38Speak to the Israelite people and instruct them to make for themselves fringes on the corners of their garments throughout the ages; let them attach a cord of blue to the fringe at each corner. 39That shall be your fringe; look at it and recall all the commandments of the Lord and observe them, so that you do not follow your heart and eyes in your lustful urge. 40Thus you shall be reminded to observe all My commandments and to be holy to your God. 41I the Lord am your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt to be your God: I, the Lord your God.

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