April 03, 2006

Parshas Tzav - Annointing Aharon and the Kohanim

6. And Moshe brought Aharon and his sons forward and bathed them in water. 7. And he placed the tunic upon him [Aharon], girded him with the sash, clothed him with the robe, placed the ephod upon him, girded him with the band of the ephod, and adorned him with it. 8. And he placed the choshen upon him, and he inserted into the choshen the Urim and the Tummim. 9. And he placed the cap on his [Aharon's] head, and he placed on the cap, towards his face, the golden showplate, the holy crown, as the Lord had commanded Moshe. 10. And Moshe took the anointing oil and anointed the Sanctuary and everything in it and sanctified them. 11. And he sprinkled from it upon the altar seven times, and he anointed the altar and all its vessels and the washstand and its base, to sanctify them. 12. And he poured some of the anointing oil upon Aharon's head, and he anointed him to sanctify him. 13. And Moshe brought Aharon's sons forward and clothed them with tunics, girded them with sashes, and bound them up with high hats, as the Lord had commanded Moshe...

36. And Aaron and his sons did all the things that the Lord commanded through Moshe.

Rashi: And Aharon and his sons did [all the things]. To tell their praise, namely, that they did not deviate to the right or to the left.

There are so many halachos and minhagim that Jews are careful to keep. Whether it's kitneyos or gebrucht on Pesach, black hats or streimels, cholent or hamin on Shabbos.

And yet, how many Kohanim do you know who actively learn about their obligations, their specific mitzvos whether d'oraisa or d'rabanan?

Kehuna is a gift from G-d. There are those who claim that all Kohanim are safek today. Why is this? We have a chizkus kashrus of all Jews, but not Kohanim? When did this opinion arise? Even so, the Klal gives kavod to Kohanim during kriya and bentching. The Klal accepts our blessings. They are podeh their firstborn to us.

Therefore WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION to learn all the Halachos of Kehuna whether it be Taharos, Kodshim, and the Avodah.

As posted before:

The following is from a letter by the Chafetz Chaim (Rabbi Yisrael Meir Kagen HaKohain):…

Presently it is difficult to find Kohanim who know the laws and practices of the Temple Service fully. How disheartening and embarrassing. It sadly indicates that our prayers for the Temple and the Service are merely lip service, not real or heartfelt. For if we really desired it to come, we would prepare and make ready for it.

Therefore my brothers, it is incumbent upon us to…further the knowledge of the Temple and its Service. Particularly the Kohanim and the Levites, who are most directly involved in this Torah Mitzvah, for they will be the first to be asked, “why didn’t you prepare for the Temple Service?”

Here endeth the rant.

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