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
-Mordechai Shlomo Ben Sarah Tili
-Noam Shmuel Ben Simcha
-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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Parsha Paradise/פרשה פרדס – Tzav: What is the Torah of the Olah? ??
At first glance, it’s not clear what Parshas Tzav adds to Vayikra, considering that Tzav begins discussing the same Korbanos that were discussed in Vayikra. For example, Vayikra begins with a description of the Korban Olah (Elevation/Burnt Offering), and Tzav opens up discussing the same Korban Olah.
However, if you look closely in Tzav, the Chumash describes the passage as the “Toras HaOlah,” or the teaching of the Olah. But, what exactly is the Toras HaOlah.
Rashbam among others points out simply that while Vayikra described the Korbanos broadly, Tzav provides the procedures for each Korban. Similarly, the Vilna Ga’on points out that the so-called “Torah” of any topic refers to the leftover laws that were not addressed earlier.
However, Ba’al HaTurim, points out a couple of Remazim that highlight the apparent emphasis on Talmud Torah. The Parsha begins with Hashem instructing Moshe to teach Aharon and his children the “Toras HaOlah.” Between the first two Pesukim, we find the words ” משה לאמר צו את.” The Ba’al HaTurim points us to the Sofei Teivos or the abbreviation based on the final letter of each word which, spelled backwards, spells “Torah.” Ba’al HaTurim explains that Moshe commanded them to engage in Torah.
Now, Torah study is always important, but unique relevance does this instruction have here?
In his subsequent comment, Ba’al HaTurim continues with the opening instruction where Moshe begins: “Zos Toras HaOlah Hi HaOlah”-“This is the Teaching of the Olah, it is the Olah…” Based on the Gemara in Menachos [110A], Ba’al HaTurim explains that learning the “Torah” of the Olah, for example in the absence of the Avodah, is akin to offering the Olah itself. The Toras HaOlah is the Olah.
And yet, Likutei Moharan [49:4:1] explains that one’s Tefilah reaches the elevated level of “Malchus” when he serves Hashem fully with his heart, and refers to this level as “הִיא הָעוֹלָה.” This would make sense as Tefilah was instituted in the place of Korbanos.
But, all of the above gives rise to the question of what truly is the appropriate substitute for Korbanos; Torah or Tefilah? Learning about the Korbanos, reciting them, or Davening? The answer is obviously: Both. The Torah is Hashem’s instructions and message to us. When we learn the Toras HaOlah, we care for that message. Tefilah is our message, our offering to Hashem. And the two belong together. In fact, the Gemara states that R’ Ami and R’ Asi were meticulous to Daven between the pillars in the same location where they learned Torah.
We should all be Zocheh to have our offerings of Torah and Tefilah accepted favorably before Hashem and eventually be able to offer Him our actual Korbanos in the rebuilt Beis HaMikdash, Bimheirah BiYomeinu! Have a wonderful Shabbos!
-Yehoshua Shmuel Eisenberg