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March 22, 2020
Rabbi Eytan Yehudah Dzikowski
Why the unusual use of the word “Adam” to describe “a man”?
דַּבֵּ֞ר אֶל־בְּנֵ֤י יִשְׂרָאֵל֙ וְאָמַרְתָּ֣ אֲלֵהֶ֔ם אָדָ֗ם כִּֽי־יַקְרִ֥יב מִכֶּ֛ם קָרְבָּ֖ן ה' מִן־הַבְּהֵמָ֗ה מִן־הַבָּקָר֙ וּמִן־הַצֹּ֔אן תַּקְרִ֖יבוּ אֶת־קָרְבַּנְכֶֽם׃
Speak to the Israelite people, and say to them: When any of you presents an offering of cattle to the LORD, he shall choose his offering from the herd or from the flock.
The term “adam” actually refers to Adam, the first man.
This is intended to teach us that just as Adam (obviously) did not bring any stolen sacrifices, so too, we may not serve Hashem with anything stolen.
(Rashi; Vayikra Rabbah 2:7)
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