Insights for the Younger Tzadikim
Judaism Is for Every Jew Equally
religions have people who are considered more worthy before
God or who are closer to God.
In Judaism, we have no such ideas.
In Judaism, every Jew is the same before God and the
Torah makes this clear.
Week's P'sukim - Perek Khet (8):
1. Hashem spoke to Moses, saying:
2. Take Aaron and his sons with him, and the garments and the oil of anointment, and the bull of the sin-offering, and the two rams, and the basket of matzos:
3. Gather the entire assembly to the entrance of the Tent of Meeting:20. Hashem spoke to Moses, saying:
4. Moses did as Hashem commanded him; and the assembly was gathered to the entrance of the Tent of Meeting:
5. Moses said to the assembly - "This is the thing that Hashem commanded to be done.":
Stone Edition Chumash by ArtScroll Publishing
God did not
instruct Moshe (Moses) to anoint Aharon (Aaron) and his sons
in private. The
practices that went on in the Torah were for everyone
equally. When Aaron and his sons were anointed as priests for B'nei
Yisrael (the Children of Israel), everyone witnessed it -
these proceedings were done in public.
At the same time, we can see that the kohanim
(priests) were there to perform a religious and spiritual
function not to hold themselves as superior to the rest of
I guess we
might say that Moses was an exception to this rule - that he
was closer to God, and I think this would be right.
We should notice, however, that no one replaced
Moses. He was
there as a person to lead us out of bondage and to establish
Hashem's Torah in our hearts, minds, and souls.
And once that had been accomplished, the function
Sometimes, it is a good thing to realize that we, as Jews, are all equal in God's eyes because it helps us to realize how to better treat each other.
With best wishes for a joyous and kosher Pesach (Passover).
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