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Torah Tidbits with Rabbi Yisrael Abisror

At the onset of last weeks Torah portion, G-D says to Moshe to tell his brother Aaron HaCohen to take the responsibility of lighting of the Menorah.

In the verses that follow this discourse, the Torah tells us that Aaron did what G-D said (Vayaas Ken). Why does the Torah go out of its way to say that Aaron did what G-D said? Is it not obvious that Aaron, one of the greatest people of all time, would listen to what G-D specifically told him to do? In addition, it is clear from the verses later on that he followed the word of G-D.

The Shl”a HaKadosh explains, that when the verse said that Aaron did what G-D wanted, it did not simply mean that he did the commandment rather he truly embodied the meaning of what the mitzvah of Menorah was.

How was Aaron able to embody a Mitzvah?

It is no coincidence that this idea is taught to us by Aaron HaCohen. He was someone who was known for seeking out peace and friendship between conflicting people and truly understanding relationships. This makes him the ideal figure for the lesson of embodying a mitzvah because mitzvot are not only a simple action they are the relationship between man and G-D. It is important that we not only fulfill the Mitzvot, but we also embody the meaning behind each mitzvah. If we want to embody mitzvot, we have to understand how they create a relationship with G-D and thus a relationship between mankind.

Rabbi Yisrael Abisror
High School Judaic Studies Teacher

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