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Parshas Shemini 5770- question

23. And Moses and Aaron went into the Tent of Meeting. Then they came out and blessed the people, and the glory of the Lord appeared to all the people. כג. וַיָּבֹא מֹשֶׁה וְאַהֲרֹן אֶל אֹהֶל מוֹעֵד וַיֵּצְאוּ וַיְבָרֲכוּ אֶת הָעָם וַיֵּרָא כְבוֹד יְ־הֹוָ־ה אֶל כָּל הָעָם:

What lesson can be learnt from this verse- and where is this lesson emphasised in the parshah

This weeks Parsha: Parshas Shemini (Vayikra chapter 9 v1- chapter 11 v47)


The key here is the fact that Moshe and aharon acted together- they did not each decide to do spmething and act indepently, but consulted one another and worked together.  Later in the Parsha we read the following in respect of Nadav and Abihu – Vayikra (Leviticus) Chapter 10

And Aaron’s sons, Nadab and Abihu, each took his pan, put fire in them, and placed incense upon it, and they brought before the Lord foreign fire, which He had not commanded them. א. וַיִּקְחוּ בְנֵי אַהֲרֹן נָדָב וַאֲבִיהוּא אִישׁ מַחְתָּתוֹ וַיִּתְּנוּ בָהֵן אֵשׁ וַיָּשִׂימוּ עָלֶיהָ קְטֹרֶת וַיַּקְרִבוּ לִפְנֵי יְ־הֹוָ־ה אֵשׁ זָרָה אֲשֶׁר לֹא צִוָּה אֹתָם:

Here, before sinning Nadab and aAihu each acted alone- each took their own offering and thereby sinned. The overall lesson here is that one should consult with others prior to acting. This is not the first time this concept is taught in the Torah, right at the start, hashem indicates that this is an important element of corrcet behaviour when it states in Berishis (Genesis) 26. And God said, “Let us make man in our image כו. וַיֹּאמֶר אֱ־לֹהִים נַעֲשֶׂה אָדָם בְּצַלְמֵנוּ

The Torah wants us to understand that we do not act or learn only based on our own thoughts and initiatives- it is necessary for us to seek guidance. as it states in Pirkei avot “Aseh lecha Rav” – “make for yourself a Master.” No matter how great you knowledge- you can always learn from others and one should never consider themselves so great as to be beyond others or beyond guidance from others.


April 7, 2010 - Posted by | Parshah, Torah, Weekly Question/Issue | , , , , , , , ,

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