Shabbat Parashat Shemini| 5765
Shemini | | 1/2/2004
Our parasha begins with a description of the korbanot that begin the service of the Mishkan (Tabernacle). Aharon brought an egel (calf) as a chatat (sin offering) for himself, whereas, on Bnei Yisrael’s behalf, he brought a sair (goat) for a chatat and an egel as an olah (burnt offering) (Vayikra 9:3). What was the significance of these korbanot?
Case: A man was hired by a yeshiva for teenagers to teach for the first time. He began the school year, but after a matter of days, it became clear to the administration that he was unable to maintain order in the classroom, and so he was fired. The teacher now demands his salary for the entire year that he was supposed to have worked.
There are two, basic questions that anyone dealing with the question of Divine reward and punishment has to deal with: 1) Since man’s actions would seem to be of little consequence to Hashem, what is the point of His rewarding or punishing his deeds? 2) What is the nature and content of the two types of reward and punishment, those found in the Torah, which refer primarily to this world, and those relayed to us through Chazal’s tradition, which relate to the world to come?
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A weekly divrei Torah leaflet: A Glimpse at the Parasha, Ask the Rabbi, From the writings of Harav Avraham Yitzchak Hakohen Kook, zt”l, Pninat Mishpat (Jewish Monetary Law).