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Parashat Tzav

Hashem and Us

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Dedicated to the memory of
Hana Bat Haim
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"Tzav et Aharon ve’et banav"... "Command Aharon and his sons." The term "tzav command" poses a difficulty; why was it necessary to use such strong language? Explains Rabbi Shimon: The term "command" denotes urging on to carry out a command, both now and in future generations. Such admonishment is especially necessary whenever a monetary loss is involved.

An olah a whole-burnt offering is given entirely to Hashem, so that a kohen derives no benefit from it whatsoever. In the eyes of a kohen, this may be seen as a financial loss, and thus, all the greatness of Aharon and his sons notwithstanding, special urging was necessary.

When Hashem offers us the opportunity to return home, the greatest obstacle standing in our way is the sense that we simply cannot leave things behind. What would be of our nice homes, cars, and other conveniences of life? We do not stop to think of all the marvelous gifts that Hashem gives us. We are blind to the real gifts bestowed upon us in the land of Israel, and seek refuge in false interpretations of the applicability and urgency of the mitzvah of yishuv ha'aretz.

So perhaps we should simply wait for Hashem to pave the road? No! The flame on the altar was self-sustaining; nonetheless, we were commanded to bring a fire of our own. Hashem already blessed us with opportunities. Now it is our turn to act. The commandment is loud and clear, we know what "sacrifices" we must make, and Hashem is urging us... come home!

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