Erev Shabbos Kodesh Tzav-Shabbos HaGadol Inspiration 5775


Parashas Tzav continues the discussion of the Korbanos, the various sacrifices offered by the ordinary Jew and by the Kohanim. The Torah first records the procedure for the Korban Olah, which is totally consumed. Following this, the Torah states (Vayikra 6:3) וְלָבַשׁ הַכֹּהֵן מִדּוֹ בַד וּמִכְנְסֵי בַד יִלְבַּשׁ עַל בְּשָׂרוֹ, the Kohen shall don his fitted linen Tunic, and he shall don linen Breeches on his flesh. The Gemara (Yerushalmi Yoma 8:7) states that the Korban Olah was brought to atone for הרהורי הלב, thoughts of the heart, i.e. immoral thoughts. Furthermore, the Gemara (Arachin 16a) states that the pants of the Kohen provided atonement for immoral sins. Perhaps the Torah is teaching us, by juxtaposing the Korban Olah to the donning of the pants, that it is insufficient for one to offer the Korban Olah and to then feel secure from moral temptation. The Torah immediately instructs the Kohen to don the pants as a physical action which will aid in resisting temptation.

Similarly, the Shulchan Aruch (Orach Chaim 529:4) writes that the courts are required to appoint guards in the orchards and by the rivers on Yom Tov, so that men and women do not mingle there. Furthermore, the courts should exhort the people that they should not mingle in their homes and be drawn after wine which will lead them to sin. One would think that the holiness of the festival itself would keep one from straying after his heart. Yet, the Gemara (Kiddushin 81a) teaches us that סקבא דשתא ריגלא , the weakest part of the year is the festival.

When the Jewish People ensure that their camp,  both collectively and individually, are holy and pure, HaShem will reward us with all of His infinite blessings and with the speedy arrival of Moshiach Tzidkeinu, Amen.

Have a Safeguarded and Redeeming Shabbos!

Rabbi Adler

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