Shabbat Parashat Tzav| 5767
Tzav | | 01/01/2006
The provisions for the service of the Mishkan involved different elements, preparatory and actual service. The utensils were formed as a preparatory step so that they could be used in various services. The services included bringing various offerings, whether animal sacrifice, meal offerings, or ketoret (incense). Toward the beginning of our parasha, the Torah discusses the fire that would remain lit on the mizbeach (altar), upon which offerings were burnt. We would tend to consider the fire merely a preparatory necessity. However, the writings of our rabbis indicate that this is an inaccurate portrayal.
Case: Israeli settlements are built as a joint project between the government and a cooperative society (agudah shitufit)that is formed to coordinate the development of the area and the sale and development of individual plots. The plaintiff bought a plot of land and agreed to pay a certain fee for development. They now are suing the agudah shitufit to lower the fee, which is much higher than that which earlier buyers paid. As all residents are members of the agudah shitufit, the plaintiff does not think he should pay more than other members.He demands to see the records of the income and expenses of the agudah shitufit to determine what his proportional fee should be. The agudah shitufit’s board says that it is possibly damaging to make their records public and, since the plaintiff agreed to pay the amount in question, he is obligated to do so in any case.
The commandment of the Korban Pesach begins: “Speak to the elders of Israel … draw to you and take for yourselves one of the flock for your families” (Shemot 12:22). It continues with: “… for an eternal statute for you and your sons” (ibid.:24). It concludes: “… as Hashem commanded Moshe and Aharon, so they did.” Rashi comments that “so they did” refers to Moshe and Aharon, that they too performed the mitzva.
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).