Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
  LifeLine
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Tzav

by Rabbi Yaakov Menken


"Command Aharon and his children..." [6:2]

Rabbi Shlomo Yitzchaki explains that the word "Tzav," meaning command, also means to excite the other person and generate enthusiasm. Rabbi Shimon says in the Talmud that it is especially necessary to push someone to do something when financial loss is involved, as there is for the Kohanim in this situation. It's easy to do things which don't involve a loss, but where opening the wallet is involved, it's much harder.

There is also another reason noted: Rashi says that "Tzav" is intended to generate enthusiasm not only now, but for all future generations. The Mayana Shel Torah says that for any Mitzvah, we need an infusion of energy to prevent it from becoming old and stale in our eyes. We should always do the Commandments because we want to do them, looking forward to any new aspect.

This is crucial, because - as we all know - it is all too easy to fall into "Judaism by habit." Whatever those habits may be, they are guaranteed to become old and stale - and that's not Judaism. Do we go to synagogue because we want to go, or because we feel it's something we have to do? What we have to do, is want to go! Once we are interested, we'll obviously get there.

Is it possible? Yes. A person who really thinks about prayer can realize something new every day, just as his or her needs change daily. And the Mayana Shel Torah explains that this is so fundamentally a Jewish attitude - and attribute - that we say in the introductory morning prayers, "Happy are we, and how good is our portion... [that] we say every day, twice, with love, Shema Yisrael..." Happy are we, and happy is our lot, that even though we have a Mitzvah to say the Shema twice every day, nonetheless, it is possible for every person to say it "with love," with desire, joy and interest at every new aspect which we recognize!

Text Copyright © 1997 Rabbi Yaakov Menken and Project Genesis, Inc.
The author is the Director of Project Genesis.


 






ARTICLES ON YOM KIPPUR:

View Complete List

Body and Soul
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5763

Return... to Where?
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5757

Jonah’s Dilemma
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5768

ArtScroll

Identical Deeds
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5760

To the “Seat of Mercy”
Rabbi Label Lam - 5773

I Was Wrong
Rabbi Label Lam - 5769

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Benevolent Soldiers
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5759

A Fast –Fast Day
Rabbi Label Lam - 5771

Yom Kippur and the Pathways to Joy
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5756

> Merits, Middles and Majorities
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5766

Jonah's Dilemma
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5771

Don't Feel So Bad When I Feel So Bad
Rabbi Label Lam - 5759

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Did You Hear?
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5763

The Role of Teshuvah
Shlomo Katz - 5759

Uniquely Jewish
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5768

Our Next Big Move!
Rabbi Label Lam - 5764



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information