This D’var Torah should be a Zechus L’Ilui Nishmas my sister, Kayla Rus Bas Bunim Tuvia A”H, my maternal grandfather Dovid Tzvi Ben Yosef Yochanan A”H, my maternal grandfather Dovid Tzvi Ben Yosef Yochanan A”H, my paternal grandfather Moshe Ben Yosef A”H, my paternal grandmother Channah Freidel Bas Avraham A”H, my uncle Reuven Nachum Ben Moshe & my great aunt Rivkah Sorah Bas Zev Yehuda HaKohein,
It should also be in Zechus L’Refuah Shileimah for:
-My father Bunim Tuvia Ben Channa Freidel
-My grandmother Shulamis Bas Etta
-MY BROTHER: MENACHEM MENDEL SHLOMO BEN CHAYA ROCHEL
-HaRav Shlomo Ben Shayna Zelda
-Mordechai Shlomo Ben Sarah Tili
-Noam Shmuel Ben Simcha
_R’ Simcha Yitzchak Ben Mirela Liyatka
-Chaya Rochel Ettel Bas Shulamis
-And all of the Cholei Yisrael, especially those suffering from COVID-19 and the Meiron tragedy.
-It should also be a Z’chus for an Aliyah of the holy Neshamos of HaRav HaGa’on V’Sar HaTorah Shmaryahu Yosef Chaim Ben HaRav Yaakov Yisrael Kanievsky A”H, Dovid Avraham Ben Chiya Kehas—R’ Dovid Winiarz ZT”L, Miriam Liba Bas Aharon—Rebbetzin Weiss A”H, as well as the Neshamos of those whose lives were taken by terrorists (Hashem Yikom Damam), COVID-19, and the Meiron tragedy.
-It should also be a Z’chus for success for Tzaha”l as well as the rest of Am Yisrael, in Eretz Yisrael and in the Galus.
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Although we know the tune and the lyrics, can we actually explain, in our own words, what was offered in the Korbanos of the Nesi’im at the Chanukas HaMizbei’ach (Altar’s Inauguration)? Just how many animals needed to be “harmed” in the making of these twelve tributes? Last year, I challenged our understanding or lack thereof, and I offered few solutions:
Here, we revisit that challenge and take a closer look.
As to WHAT was offered by each tribal prince, the basic list consists of:
● a bowl of flour and an additional basin of flower as Menachos (Meal offerings),
● a ladle of Ketores (Incense offering),
● Olos (Elevation offerings) consisting of a bull, a ram, and a sheep,
● a Chatas (Sin offering) consisting of a goat, and
● a feast of Zevach Shelamim (Feast Peace offerings) consisting of two more bulls, five more rams, five he-goats and five more sheep.
That’s 21 animals per tribe, 252 animals in all. Why were they all necessary?
Sforno begins to offer an answer to explain the large array of offerings, how each tribe intentionally served Korbanos from the different categories of Korbanos (i.e. Menachos, Ketores, Olah, Chatas, Shelamim) to provide a full Kaparah (atonement) on behalf of their respective tribes.
What is not completely explained is why each specific item was brought. For example, why were both a bowl AND an additional basin needed for the Menachos? And why did there need to be three different animals offered as an Olah per tribe? And why were these eleven animals needed to serve as Shelamim, per tribe? We need to dig deeper.
Several Remazim and Drashos are cited by Rashi in the name of Rebbi Moshe HaDarshan and the Bamidbar Rabbah [See 13-14].
● Ka’aras Kesef, the silver bowl, in Gematria = 930 corresponding to the age of Adam HaRishon. It weighed 130 Shekels, corresponding to the age of Adam when the Torah tells us he begot children.
● Mizrak Echad Kesef, the single silver basin = 520, corresponding to the age when Noach begot children Noach. It weighed 70 Shekels corresponding to the 70 nations that emerged from him.
● The single ladle of Ketores which weighed 10 Shekeld corresponds to the Torah which was initially presented in the form of 20 Dibros. The word Ketores equals Taryag (613) in Gematria when the letter Kuf is exchanged with the letter Dalet following the rules of “Atbashgardak” which interchanges the first letter of the Aleph-Beis with the last, and so forth.
● The Olos; a Par (bull), ram (Ayil), and sheep (Keves), correspond to Avraham who pursued and chased a bull, Yitzchak for whom a ram was substitued, and Yaakov who shepherded sheep for several years.
● The Se’ir Izim, the Chatas goat, corresponds to the sin of the Sale of Yosef, whose tunic was dipped in goat blood.
● The Shelamim which featured Bakar Shnayim, 2 bullocks, correspond to the two leaders Moshe and Aharon
● The final components of the Shelalim, 3 sets of 5; 5 Eilim (rams), 5 Atudim, 5 Kevasim, correspond either to 3 parties of the B’nei Yisrael, Kohein-Levi-Yisrael, or 3 sections of Tanach (Scripture), Torah-Nevi’im-Kesuvim. The 5 in each of the 3 groups corresponds to the 5 Chumashim and the 2 Luchos, each containing 5 Dibros.
Clearly, these Korbanos represent the entire history of mankind and the apex, the B’nei Yisrael as well as Hashem’s Torah and the trasmitters of Torah that unite them.
This is perhaps alluded to in the following Sod.
Zohar [2:75B] highlights the single spoon or ladle weighing 10 golden Shekels containing the Ketores, corresponding to the Torah. This spoon is described as Kaf Achas, a single ladle, which Zohar explains, alludes to Chabura Chada, literally, a single unit, a collective whole. Just as Hashem created the complex couple of a man and the woman out of a single creature in mankind, the the complex components of the Torah are contained in a single spoon.
And perhaps, while our history comprised of many different individuals with different missions, they are a united in us and Hashem’s Plan. Our single job as individuals and as a collective unit is to uphold and fulfill what is alluded to in the Ketores contained in the single spoon, Hashem’s Torah, and be united through it.
We should be Zocheh to the incredible atonement that was created through the Korbanos of the Nesi’im and Hashem should reunite us all around His Torah with the coming of the Geulah in the times of Moshiach, Bimheirah BiYomeinu! Have a wonderful Shabbos!
-Yehoshua Shmuel Eisenberg