This D’var Torah should be a Zechus L’Ilui Nishmas my mother Chaya Rochel Bas Dovid Tzvi (Hareini Kaparas Mishkavah), 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
_R’ Simcha Yitzchak Ben Mirela Yudka
-Chaya Rochel Ettel Bas Shulamis
-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 other tragedies.
-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.
פַּרְשַׁת נָשֹׂא begins with the counting of the children of לֵוִי who carried מִשְׁכָּן and its parts. The word the תּוֹרָה uses for “count” is “נָשֹׂא.” The שׁוֹרֶשׁ of this word actually means to “lift up” or to “carry” (נ.ש.א). In fact, this שׁוֹרֶשׁ appears many more times in our פַּרְשָׁה. For example, the פַּרְשָׁה says that אָרוֹן הַקוֹדֶשׁ must be “carried the shoulders” (“בַּכָּתֵף יִשָּׂאוּ”).
The פַּרְשָׁה also talks about the special קָרְבָּנוֹת of the “נְשִׂיאִים.” A “נָשִׂיא” is a prince. Each tribe had its own prince. A prince is called a נָשִׂיא because of his “highness.” It is like he is “lifted” higher than everyone else.
The שׁוֹרֶשׁ appears in the words of בִּרְכַת כֹּהַנִים (Blessings of the Kohanim). In the final blessing, the כֹּהַנִים declare:
“יִשָּׂ֨א ה׳ פָּנָיו֙ אֵלֶ֔יךָ וְיָשֵׂ֥ם לְךָ֖ שָׁלֽוֹם”-“Hashem should lift His ‘Face’ to you and He shall set up peace for you.”
Question: Why does פַּרְשַׁת נָשֹׂא keep on repeating the שׁוֹרֶשׁ of נ.ש.א? What is the lesson of פַּרְשַׁת נָשֹׂא?
Answer: נָשֹׂא teaches us that we have a mission to always lift ourselves up and reach higher. We are all like נְשִׂיאִים, princes and princesses of ה׳. Like the people who carried the אָרוֹן, we also all have to lift up the תּוֹרָה and carry it on our shoulders and take it wherever we go in life! And the חַכָמִים teach us that when anyone would carry the אָרוֹן, the אָרוֹן would actually carry him! That is how we lift ourselves up!
My בְּרָכָה to my amazing 3rd grade class is that (1) we should all carry ה׳’s תּוֹרָה with us always, (2) ה׳’s תּוֹרָה should carry us, and (3) Hashem should lift His face to us, be proud of us, and grant us peace. Have a wonderful שַׁבָּת, a wonderful summer, and a wonderful future!
Rabbi Eisenberg, Grade 3