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Parshas Tazria

In the beginning of this week’s parsha the Medrash comments, “This is the meaning of the Posuk (Tehilim 139/5 ) Afterwords and beforehand Y.u formed me… Raish Lokish said, “ochor” (afterwords) refers to the last day of Creation, “vekedem” (beforehand) refers to the first day of Creation. (Raish Lokish explains) if the person is worthy then they say to him you were created before the whole creation. If he is not worthy, then they say to him that even flies and little worms were created before you.”

In other words, Hashem didn’t create Adam on one singular day. Rather Adam’s creation was split into two; his spiritual side was created on the first day and the physical side of him was created on the sixth day.

Raish Lokish teaches us that if he is worthy then he is the most superior being in the whole universe and he is considered to be created in the beginning of Creation. However, if he doesn’t live up to standard then he is considered to be the most inferior being in the whole universe and he is considered to be created at the end of Creation.

Zera Shimshon asks how can this be? If the main part of Adam is his spiritual side then we should considered to be created on the first day regardless of his merits. If his main part is his physical side, then he should be considered to be created on the last day, regardless of his flaws. How can our merits change history and determine on which day we were created?

He answers that if one merits to do Hashem’s will then the neshama conquers, subjugates and sanctifies his physical side to such a degreee that the physical side also shines like the neshama. He is considered “fully neshama“!

On the other hand, if one does not do Hashem’s will and he doesn’t merit then our physical side conquers, subjugates, and defiles our neshama just like it.

According to this we can now understand the Medrash. Our neshamos were created on the first day of Creation and our bodies on the last day. This is a historical fact that can’t be changed.

It is in our hand, however, to determine who WE are. If we do Hashe’s will, then our neshama rules over our bodies, and WE become wholly neshamos. Since we are only neshomo then it is considered that we were created on the first day.

If, however, we allow our bodies to rule over our neshamos then we become wholly physical body and consequently it is considered that we were created on the last day.

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Parshas Shemini

(Based on Zera Shimshon Shemini aleph pg. 17)

On the possuk (9/2) And you should take a calf the son of cow for a chattasRashi explains, “to show, by this calf, that Hashem forgave Aharon for the incident of the Golden Calf”.

Zera Shimshon asks HOW does the fact that Aharon brought a calf for his sin offering (chattos) show that Aharon was forgiven for his part in the Golden Calf?

He answers in light of the Gemorro in Rosh HaShona (26A) that explains that the reason that the Cohen Gadol doesn’t serve with gold garments on Yom Kippur is because “an accuser cannot be the defender”. Meaning, since the Golden Calf was made of gold (the accuser), one shouldn’t wear gold when asking pardon from Hashem (defender) .

Therefore, explains Zera Shimshon, the fact that Hashem commanded Aharon to bring a sin offering of a calf, which was obviously a major part of the sin of the Golden Calf, shows that he did not sin with the Golden Calf. (According to this explanation, the word “forgave Aharon” doesn’t mean that Aharon sinned and Hashem pardoned him but rather it means that Hashem determined that Aharon wasn’t considered to be a part of the sin)

It still has to be understood, though, why wasn’t Aharon held responsible for his part in the Golden Calf? After all he did build it for them!

One explanation Zera Shimshon gives is that Hashem didn’t consider Aharon’s part as integral. He merely caused it to be done.

In a second explanation Zera Shimshon goes one step farther. Aharon was not only not an integral part in that avairo but he actually had virtuous intentions and intended to do a mitzvah!

When Moshe came down from Har Sinai later than mistakingly expected, the people came to Aharon and asked him to build for them an idol.

Aharon reasoned that the request itself, independent of it being implemented or not, is already a thought of avodah zaro. As opposed to most sins that Hashem punishes only when we do a physical action, concerning worshipping Avodah Zora, Hashem punishes one even on the thought of it.

In such a bad state of mind, Aharon held that it would only be detrimental for Bnei Yisoel to recieve the Torah. The Torah cannot rest in such an environment (minds full of thoughts of Avodah Zora) and would cause us to do many many more sins.

Aharon was also of the opinion that even Moshe wouldn’t be able to help them repent.

Aharon understood that the people felt that since they didn’t DO anything wrong, (they only thought to worship the idol) then they would (mistakingly) feel that there is no reason for them to do teshuva.

Aharon therefore helped them to build the calf in order for them to realize how wrong they actually were and subsequently to do proper teshuva.

This d’var Torah is dedicated to Beracha Bas Menucha Shaina. In the merit of the learning Zera Shimshon’s divrai Torah, Hashem should answer her prayers and she should find her zivug hagun soon along with all the other members of Clal Yisroel waiting to get married and build a family.

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