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PARSHA SHIMINI בס”ד
This parsha stands right in the middle of God’s Holy Torah. In particular the verse :
“And Moses made diligent search concerning the goat of the sin offering, and Moses diligently inquired and behold it was burn’t, and He was angry with Eleazer and Itamar the sons of Aaron that were lef
In the midst of the Torah God shows us an incident where the greatest Prophet and teacher of Yisrael Moses loses his temper. There are other incidents in the Torah where Moses is brought to anger, but only after excessive abuse and irritation. This is not the case here. Besides it seems strange to think that the father of all prophets, our teacher Moses gets angry. From this we must learn a lesson and a deep one, as this verse sits in the center of the whole Torah. It is something for Moses to forget a law as he was the one who received the Torah directly from God. We can see from this that if anger can cause Moses to forget a law of the Torah, how much do we need to be aware of anger, and guard ourselves from it. If anger could cause Moses the father of all prophets to forget a law, how much could we lose ?
Anger may do more harm than any other emotion. One days anger can destroy your whole life. The overall effects of anger are enormous. Through anger the mind and the body can both become disturbed. One who starts off in in anger many times comes in the end to regret. Always be gentle. Don’t be rough and inconsiderate. When one is unkind to others this behavior inevitably rebounds back on you. Such behavior will cause destruction to one’s connection to the spiritual realms. One must allow wisdom to direct their emotions. know that receiving insults, abuse, and mistreatment in silence is a tremendous help in dealing with relationships. You have to work at having balanced, healthy relationships. You can’t run away from yourself.
To understand this anger the word for anger in our verse is קצף which has a numerical value of 270, this is the same as רע (evil-270).
( א=1, 2=ב, 3=ג,4= ד, 5= ה, 6= ו, 7= ז, 8= ח , 9= ט, 10=י , 20= כ, 30= ל ,40= מ,50= נ,60= ס,70= ע,80= פ,90= צ,100= ק, 200= ר, 300= ש, 400= ת )
Before going into this we must note as taught by Rabbi Yochanon in the name of Shimon HaSadeek that a Chuchum (wise person) who does not become angry over the acts of the wicked is a serpent, and is not really wise at all. Its taught that the hatred of evil is revelation of the essence of one’s soul called Yachida.
Rabbi Sneir Zalman teaches us in the Tanya that anger which breaks forth as rage is as worshipping idols. For if one really believed that all happens in this world is God’s doing, why would they be angry ?. We see from this that anger is from a lack of emuna (belief-faith) in God and his providence. Elijah the prophet teaches in His book Tanna DebiEliyahu that one should eat 1/3, drink 1/3 and leave 1/3 over for when they get angry (dont over eat). As it is taught in the Zohar that the fat on the stomach has a aspect that causes it to hide one’s correct thought processes and intellect. This causes one’s brain to be ruled primarily by severity and aspects of kindness become restricted. This leads us back to what Rabbi Sneir Zalman said that “ anger reflects a lack of faith”. The Mitler Rebbe teaches that faith is a light that surrounds Chuchmah (creativity inspiration wisdom). From this we see that anger causes a disruption in the process of thought that leads to creative inspiration. In such a state to put it simply one can’t think clearly. Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochi tells us that memory is a aspect of the light of Chuchmah (creativity inspiration). Memory is as wisdom which comes as a flash of lightening.
It may be as the sages teach us concerning King David that it really was not within his nature to sin but his life comes to teach us about teshuva (repentance-returning to God). So too Moses’s anger in our parsha only occurred to teach us of the effects of anger, and that even the greatest Holy people can be come angry, and we must all guard ourselves from this. May it be that from the Matza we will eat on Pasach called the “bread of faith” that our faith will be of such a high level that even anger will not be able to interfere with the awareness that this faith brings. And together we will see revealed the Chuchmah (creativity inspiration wisdom) that accompanies this faith, which is described as a “New light from Zion” with the Temple being built and complete peace when everyone will know God. And may we see this quickly in our days.
We see in the Torah how Aharon and his four sons had spent seven days preparing and practicing, Moses explains to each of them what work will need to be done in the “Mishkan” on the eighth day – who would slaughter the sacrificial animal, who would throw the blood of the sacrifice, where it would be thrown, all the details of the service..
At first, everything proceeded as planned. At the climax Aharon raised his arms over the nation and blesses them. The Glory of God appeared among the people, and a fire went forth from God and consumed the meat of the sacrifice. The entire nation was awestruck, and the people bowed down before God, as we read in the verse:
“The entire nation saw and they praised and fell upon their faces.” (Leviticus 9:24)
But right after this something goes horribly wrong. Aharon’s sons, Nadav and Avihu, offer a “strange fire”, and are burned alive. How could this happen after all the learning and preparation that they made for this day. How could the God allow Aharon to become a mourner for 2 of his sons on the final day of the dedication of the “Mishcon” ? May it be that we see the Mashiach come and answer these and the rest of the myseries of the Torah with the Holy Temple built and the sweet fragrance of the offerings quickly in our days !
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