Shabbat Parashat Tzav| 5765
Tzav | | 02/01/2004
In our parasha the Torah dedicates several p’sukim to the description of the preparations needed to erect the Mishkan (Tabernacle) and the beginning of the service in it. A kohen, for example, is not allowed to begin his service without bringing a minchat chinuch (meal offering of initiation). A kohen gadol needs such an initiating offering every morning (see Vayikra 6:13 and Rambam, Klei Hamikdash 5:16).
The cornerstone of Eretz Hemdah is our kollel for dayanut (training Rabbinical Court justices). It is our conviction that a critical element in the further, spiritual development of the State of Israel is an effective Rabbinical Court system. Our core philosophy in educating young rabbis is that a rabbi (dayan or other) is a leader. For him to function best, there should be mutual respect between the leader and the community.
The gemara (Chagiga 14a) tells us that while Yeshaya foretold of 18 curses, the final, most powerful one was, “the youth will domineer over the old and the lowly [from the root of “light”] over the respectable [root of “heavy”]” (3:5). This, it explains, refers to a generation that thinks that serious (heavy) matters are light that will dominate a generation that thinks that the light is serious.
This edition of
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).