Insights for the Younger Tzadikim
Importance of Little Things
Parashah, God tells us how to create all the vestments to be
worn by the Kohen Gadol (High Priest) when he is performing
his duties. This
is a very interesting thing in here that is worth looking
at. Our sages
tell us that every single word in the Torah is important.
Sometimes, when we see words that don't make sense,
that is the time to pay the most attention.
says (Perek Chav-Khet - Chapter 28):
Into the Breastplate of Judgment shall you place the Urim and the Tumim, and they shall be on Aaron's heart when he comes before Hashem; and Aaron shall bear the judgment of the Children of Israel on his heart constantly before Hashem:
the breastplate have to do with "Judgment"?.
It turns out that the breastplate was one of the
tools that God gave the Jewish people for the purpose of
answering very important questions. The Stone Edition Chumash says:
. . the Breastplate was folded in half to form a pouch-like
pocket. Into it Moses was to insert a slip of parchment
containing the Ineffable Name [according to Ramban, there
was more than one Name]. This Name was called Urim, from the
word for light, because it would cause individual letters of
the tribal names on the Breastplate to light up; and it was
called Tumim, from the word for completeness, because, if
read in the proper order, these luminous letters presented
complete and true answers to the questions of national
import that the Kohen Gadol would ask of God (Rashi from
perhaps the greatest commentator of all time.
Rambam was another great commentator as well as being
a physician who has been respected throughout history.
Yoma is a tractate or mesechta of the Talmud.
Ramban gives an example of how this process took place. When the Jewish people crossed the Jordan and had to undertake the conquest of the Land, the question arose which tribe should begin the war against the Canaanites. Phineas the Kohen Gadol entered the Tabernacle and posed the question. The name Judah lit up, and also certain letters. The Kohen had to know what this combination of letters represented, because they could be placed in several orders, thus forming different combinations of words. A Divine spirit gave him the wisdom to know that the message of the Urim v'Tumim was [the tribe of] Judah shall go forth [to wage war] (see Judges 1:1-2).
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