Tuesday, February 11, 2014

CLD #891

In this weeks Parasha, the Torah brings down the Ketoret, the incense that included 11 different species that when mixed together they would have an amazing aroma that would make G-d happy. The Keli Yakar explains on the pasuk that brings down the spices that there is one spice called the Helbena (galbanum) that was really stinky.

The Keli Yakar explains that the helbena is needed in the ketoret even if it smells bad because the smelly spice resembles the poshim of Israel, the sinners and all the sinners are also a group of Israel. There is a concept of kol yisrael arevim ze la ze. This means that every Jew is responsible for his fellow Jew. Whatever action you take affects my life and vice versa. The Ketoret is coming to teach us that every Jew has a role and even those that sin against Hashem. Why? Because the sinners that do teshuva (repentance) have all their sins change into merits when the teshuva is done out of love and then they also add to the 'bag' of mitzvot in the world to make the world seem stronger in holiness and purity.

The Torah does NOT teach us to do sins in order to repent, however; if a Jew does fall then he needs to remember that there IS a way back and a way to fix the damage! Also, tip for Purim, Helbena has a numerical value of Haman to teach us that sometimes Hashem brings evil people in the world to threaten the Jews to repent and get closet to Hashem if the state of the generation is that bad.



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