By Rabbi Moshe Erlbaum, 9th Grade Rebbe
1. Which three parts of the Tabernacle are listed in this par-sha, and in what context are they mentioned?
2. In what context is dirt mentioned in this parsha? Whatother Torah command involves taking some dirt? In whatcontext does dirt (
) first appear in the Torah?
3. In this parsha, part of the service of the High Priest onYom Kippur involves two goats (
). In what con-text does a goat (
) first appear inthe Torah?
4. As part of the Yom Kippur service, the High Priest takes ahandful of incense and brings it into the Holy of Holies(Leviticus 16:12). Where else in the Torah is a commandto “take a handful”?
5. In what context is a lottery performed in this parsha?Where else in the Torah is a lottery performed?
1. These three parts of the Tabernacle appear several times:The
, the curtain separating the Holy of Holies;the
, the cover of the Holy Ark; and the IncenseAltar (Leviticus 16:2, 12). They appear in connection withthe service of the High Priest on the Day of Atonement.
2. In this parsha, when a bird or wild animal is slaughtered,its blood must be covered with dirt (Leviticus 17:13). In parshas Naso, the Kohen is required to take some dirt fromthe floor of the Tabernacle and mix it with water as part of the waters given to a suspected adulteress (Numbers 5:17).Dirt is first mentioned when Hashem takes "dirt from theground" and forms Man from it (Genesis 2:7).
3. In parshas Vayeshev, Yosef's brothers slaughter a goat(
) and dip Yosef's coat into its blood (Genesis37:31).
4. In parshas Bo, Moshe and Aaron are commanded to eachtake a handful of ashes to initiate the plague of boils(Exodus 9:8).
5. In this parsha, a lottery is performed to determine whichgoat will be brought as an offering on Yom Kippur, andwhich goat is designated as the scapegoat (Leviticus 16:8).In parshas Pinchas, Hashem commands the Land of Israelto be divided among the tribes through a lottery (Numbers26:5).
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assigned it for you upon the Altar to provide atone-ment for your souls; for it is the blood that atones for the soul
.” Our blood contains the , but theanimal’s blood does not. The only difference be-tween our blood and the animal’s blood is the
aspect, which contains the spirituality with which weget closer to Hashem. By burning the
and its blood, we are attempting to sanctify ourselvesthrough removing the impurity within our blood, i.e.the physical, and we isolate our
, our souls.Then, and only then, will the holiness of divine puri-ty glow from within us. For we will have found our essence, our soul, within our bodies.
With this we can answer our first question; itis that the sons of were actually
, and thewine that they drank is comparable to the wine liba-tions offered with every . Their bodies being burned was a symbol of the
which was absentin their lives. All that they had left was their soulsand the process by which they met death representedthat. They were completely
This then leads to our second question: if theylived lives of , why is their deathconsidered a punishment?
We are not meant to play the role of the sacri-fice; that is the role of the animal. Really, the sons of Aharon were so close, yet they were also so far away; for although they were , the job in thisworld is not to isolate ourselves in an only spiritualrealm, but to elevate the physical to spiritual heights.There is a reason that Hashem put us in a world withso much
, and that reason is to inject thespirituality of a Jew into everything. The Rav
putso much emphasis on this very idea; that our job isnot to abandon “the physical” completely, but to ele-vate it.
So when we bring a , the animalrepresenting our bodies, we show Hashem that weare ready to undertake our challenge in this world, tolive a life guided by while beingmaintained in a body of . We must be
like the sons of Aharon, but we must let only the body of the animal be burned and not let our bodies be burned as well. We can do this by injecting thename of He Who Is on High into every thing that wedo, and if we do this than we shall be ,
d’s name will truly be glorified by us.”
(Josh Kaufman — Continued from page 1)