Erev Shabbos Kodesh Inspiration Vayikra 5776

It is said וַיִּקְרָא אֶל מֹשֶׁה וַיְדַבֵּר יְ-ה-וָֹ-ה אֵלָיו מֵאֹהֶל מוֹעֵד לֵאמֹר, He called to Moshe, and HaShem spoke to him from the Tent of Meeting, saying. Rashi writes that he calling to Moshe was a sign of affection, a term used by the Ministering Angels. Furthermore, HaShem only addressed Moshe, to the exclusion of Aharon and the entire Jewish People. Why the focus here on HaShem speaking to Moshe and the manner in which He spoke to him? Is this not Toras Kohanim, the Book that discusses the laws of sacrifices? What is the connection between HaShem speaking to Moshe and the sacrifices?

The answer to this question is that in order to understand the function of a קרבן, which means to come close, one must be taught how one achieves such closeness. Moshe Rabbeinu was the greatest person who ever lived, and Rashi demonstrates to us Moshe’s closeness to HaShem. One can certainly offer a קרבן, but it is worthwhile to know the high levels of closeness that one can achieve.

It is noteworthy that the word הקרבן, the sacrifice, equals in gematria the words זה משה, as Moshe truly achieved the closest connection to HaShem of any human being


Rabbi Adler

Erev Shabbos Kodesh Inspiration Vayikra 5776

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