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This week’s Parasha, Tetzaveh, begins by telling us:

“V’atoh tetzaveh es Bnei Yisroel . . . . [And you shall command the Children of Israel that they shall take for you clear olive oil, crushed for illumination, to light a lamp continually].”

Last week’s Parasha taught us about the construction of the vessels for the Mishkan. This week’s Parasha discusses how all of the priestly garments need to be made.

The burning question is: Why is the Torah inserting instructions about the use of the Menorah over here, smack in between discussions of the making of items for the Mishkan? The lighting of the Menorah is part of the “Avodah” (the “service” that is done in the Mishkan) and not part of its creation. Its proper placement should be in Parashas Emor, where all of the other services done in the Mishkan are discussed. As a matter of fact, to make this question even stronger, in Parashas Emor the Torah DOES mention the need to light the Menorah, “Ya’aroch es hanairos [You should kindle the candles],” so why the need to say it twice?

If we carefully reflect on the reason for the existence of the Mishkan, we can understand the answer to these questions. The Mishkan was designed to be a place of “Hashro’as Ha-Shechinah,” a place for the Holy Countenance of Hashem to rest Itself on this world. The Torah tells us in last week’s Parasha; “V’asu le Mikdash, v’shachantee besochom [They shall make Me a Sanctuary – and I will dwell amongst them].”

The Gemara tells us that the light of the Nair Ha’Maaravi, the Western Lamp, remained illuminated 24/7 via a miracle. This flame acted as a testimony that Hashem’s Countenance was present in the Mishkan (Shabbos 22b).

We can now understand the placement here of commands regarding the Menorah. This is not about the Avodah of the Menorah. The Pasuk here specifically says, “L’ha-alos NAIR tamid [to light a LAMP continually].” The word “NAIR” (LAMP), is in the singular, referring to the Nair Ha’Maaravi. In Parashas Emor it says, “Ya’aroch es HANAIROS, [You should kindle the LAMPS].” There the Torah is discussing the Avodah of the Menorah and the lighting of ALL the candles, while here the ONE candle is testifying to Hashem’s presence.

“V’asu le Mikdash v’shachantie besochom [They shall make Me a Sanctuary, and I will dwell amongst them].”

Chazal teach us that the reason the Pasuk says “besochom” (amongst THEM), and not “besocho” (within IT), is because Hashem is telling us that, if we, the Children of Israel, make a space within ourselves that is open to G-d, He in return will dwell within each and every one of us.

Purim is the time of year when we, the B’nei Yisrael, reaffirmed our acceptance of the Torah with “Love” because of the joy that we experienced from the miracle of seeing Haman and his entourage being destroyed against all odds. We opened our hearts and then filled them with the acceptance of Hashem and His Torah. Every year, when we experience great joy on Purim, we once again have the opportunity to fill our hearts and souls with super-charged G-d energy that will supply us with a LOVE for Torah and spirituality.

We start the week, Parashas Zachor, with the sadness of remembering what Amalek did and continues to do to us. BUT... We end the week with the JOY of Purim, reaffirming our connection to Hashem, and feel comforted knowing that He will watch over His people, and we will once again emerge victorious over all the obstacles that stand in our path.

Let the internal spark within each and every Jew stand as a testimony that the countenance of Hashem continues to dwell amongst us, from within us.

Have a great Shabbos and a Very Happy Purim!




This week's Parshas Matos begins with the Torah telling us that Moshe spoke to the Nesiyim, the heads of the tribes, telling them the laws of making and nullifying a vow.
Rashi tells us that Moshe gave Kavod, honor, to the heads of the tribes by telling them first, and then to the B'nai Yisroel. And why, asks Rashi, was it necessary to do it in this order? To teach us that a vow can be nullified by a "Yachid Mumche", a single individual that is an Halachic expert in this field.
Asks the Shem M'Shmuel.
Why are the Nesiyum mentioned in the beginning of this Parsha that discusses vows? The act of making a vow does not involve the Nasie at all. It is only with regard to nullifying a vow that the Nasie plays any roll what-so-ever?
In actuality, the entire concept of a Neder, a vow, a means by which a person can bring restrictions upon his or her self that were not commanded of them, comes into question. A self imposed vow seems comparable to a Torah restriction. How can a mere human being possibly create restrictions that are comparable to a Torah restriction imposed by G-d?
Obviously we must say that the making of a vow is NOT comparable to a Torah restriction imposed by G-d. How does it differ?
A Torah restriction can NEVER be nullified! The law is the law. Whereas a vow CAN be nullified by a Chacham, a Nasie, an expert in the laws of vows.
So, to answer our initial question. The reason that the "Heads of the Tribes" are mentioned at the beginning of the laws of "Vows" is;
If not for the fact that a Nasie could nullify a vow, making it different from a Torah restriction, one would never be allowed to make a vow in the first place. So indeed, even the Making of a vow, not just the nullification of a vow, is truly dependent on the Heads of the Tribes.
What we need to learn from this is the need to turn to our Rabbi's and Chachamim to answer questions for us and not just to assume that we can determine the Halacha for ourselves.
It is in the power of the Rabbi who knows the Halacha to nullify a vow, to allow a person to act within and outside the realm of a restriction. However, a person who is a G-d fearing Jew should not Paskin for his/her self, neither to restrict or to allow themselves any activity that involves an Halachic opinion.
A person must learn to trust that the Rabbi knows where they are holding, and that his Psak will be given accordingly, Halacha allowing.
Just as a person who kept kosher his entire life would not eat something questionable without checking if the kosher status meets with their own standards, so too a person should check with regard to the laws of Shabbos and other Halachos if certain lenienciThank you and Good Shabbos.


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Delray Orthodox Synagogue, more commonly referred to as DOS, is a vibrant Modern Orthodox Synagogue serving the spiritual and social needs of its members. DOS provides daily minyanim, Torah learning, and interesting lectures by guest speakers. The very active membership committee is always on the lookout for new members and interesting ways to provide learning in an interactive environment. DOS serves a wide community area surrounding the Oriole shopping center.


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