Friday, March 28, 2008

There is a time and place for everything

Every week I get a Dvar Torah from my Alma mater, OJ. While reading this weeks newsletter I happened upon a beautiful Dvar Torah based off of the words "Vayidom Aron".

By R' Dovid Schechter (Yeshivas Ohr Yerushalayim)

"Vayidom Aharon" and Aharon was silent. The midrash asks "What could he have said? and responds he could have said 'ubayom hashmini yimol b'sar orlaso' (and on the eighth day circumcise his foreskin)".
The 'Yalkut Sofer' explains this seemingly unexplainable midrash; just like we are born uncircumcised because Hashem wants our action in fullfiling the mitzvah of milah, maybe it should be better to bring a fire that a person lit to the mizbei'ach and not wait for the G-d given fire. Aharon could have said a sevara based on the mitzvah of milah to show the innocence of Nadav and Avihu who wanted to fullfil the mizvah of bringing the fire on their own. Aharon chose instead silence.

*I also saw this in the Sefer Shallal Rav, it was quoted in the name of Yisuos Malko.

The Yishuos Malko says on this same midrash that Aron's response would have been viable after the Mishkan was inaugurated. On the day of its inauguration however, which carries with it the same happiness that came with the creation of the heavens and the earth, there is no reason for one to bring of the hediot (like what we do at a bris), therefore making their offering a "foreign fire, in which G-d did not command". There is a time and place for everything.

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