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In the beginning of Leviticus 9, Aaron is commanded to bring a sin offering for himself; a calf. On behalf of the nation, he is commanded to bring another calf, however in this case it is brought as an elevation offering. Targum Pseudo Jonathan explains that both sacrifices were meant to atone for involvement with the golden calf.

Why the difference between the two sacrifices?

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Idea I had today: Aaron was a shogeg, who wasn't expecting Israel to actually worship the calf any more than they worshipped Moses (ramban). He also didn't abide the worship, making sure to inform sinners of their transgression, (exodus rabah). So he brought a sin offering. Israel on the other hand abided their countrymen's sin, which held them responsible, so they needed to do teshuva, followed by an elevation offering, which serves as a reparation of sorts, (zevachim 7b). –  Baby Seal Mar 23 at 0:57

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