Home Subscribe Services Support Us
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Parshas Emor

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

By Rabbi Pinchas Avruch

"G-d said to Moshe: 'Say to the Kohanim (Priests) the sons of Aaron, and you shall say to them..." (Vayikra/Leviticus 21:1) Faced with the glaring question of why G-d's instructions had to include two directives to speak, Rashi explains the redundancy as a warning to the adults to educate the children.

But the question remains: "say to them" in its context is an order to Moshe to speak to the adult Kohanim; how does Rashi read it as a command for the adults to teach the children?

Rabbi Moshe Feinstein (1) resolves this, elucidating that the Torah is teaching us a fundamental lesson in child raising. If children are taught that service of G-d is a difficult challenge but that it must be done, that fulfillment of the mitzvos (Divine commands) is a trial that one must muster the fortitude to withstand, then the child may well tell himself that maybe his parents had the strength of conviction pass the test, but he himself does not possess mettle, or the desire, to fight the fight. But when a parent communicates to his child that an apparently difficult situation is not viewed as a challenge, rather it is valued and appreciated as an opportunity to forge and strengthen his relationship with the Divine, then the lesson is entirely different. The child witnesses the parent's passion and inculcates that directive for himself.

Thus, Moshe had two instructions for the Kohanim: not only to be fastidious and scrupulous in observance of G-d's commands, but to do them with a passion and an appreciation that it is an opportunity that is relished. This second instruction, Rashi explains, may be literally communicated by Moshe to the adults, but will ultimately be communicated by the adults to the children.

Have a Good Shabbos!

Kol HaKollel is dedicated to Niki Karp for her three years of dedicated service to the Milwaukee Kollel. We will miss her & hope Hashem grants her blessing and success in her new endeavors.

(1) 1895-1986; Rosh Yeshiva/Dean of Mesivtha Tifereth Jerusalem in New York City; the leading Halachic/Jewish legal decisor of his time and one of the principal leaders of Torah Jewry through much of the last century

Text Copyright 2006 by Rabbi Pinchas Avruch and

Kol HaKollel is a publication of The Milwaukee Kollel Center for Jewish Studies 5007 West Keefe Avenue Milwaukee, Wisconsin 414-447-7999



View Complete List

How Yosef Got His Job
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5774

Chanukah Oil: A Real No-Know
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5762

How Does a Nation Survive?
Rabbi Label Lam - 5770

Looking for a Chavrusah?

A Spiritual Holiday
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5755

Natural Miracles
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5766

Miracles of Modesty
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5762


The First Dreamer
Rabbi Yitzchak Etshalom - 5757

Today's Chanuka Miracle
Rabbi David Begoun - 5766

Light Up Right
Rabbi Label Lam - 5770

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

The Flame of Yosef
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5771

Shadowy Existence
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5763

Nothing Hurts More...
Shlomo Katz - 5759

> One Can Rely On The Gerer Rebbe
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5775

Basic Concepts and Laws
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5761

Yosef Recognizes His Brothers
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5773

Waning or Waxing
Rabbi Label Lam - 5774

Project Genesis Home

Torah Portion

Jewish Law



Learn the Basics




Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base


About Us

Contact Us

Free Book on Geulah! Home Copyright Information