Divrei HaRav

Tzav / צו

Tzav / צו
ויאמר אל אהרון קח לך עגל בן בקר

ופרש"י להודיע שמכפר לו ע"י עגל זה על מעשה העגל שעשה
On the eighth day of the dedication of the Mishkon, Aaron brought, as an offering, a calf to atone for, in the words of Rashi, “the calf which he made”. The question is, already in the seven days, before this final special eighth day, a bull was brought as an atonement for the golden calf (shmos 29:1)? מהרי"ל דיסקין answers that the offerings during the seven days were the atonement offered by the congregation as a cleansing process for the Kohanim and the mizbeach. Here, however, represented the personal offering of Aaron to atone for the fact that he made the calf, although he was not held responsible, he was still the conduit for it. That is the meaning of Rashi, the calf he made, not the sin of the calf.

Each Kohain, upon his induction to serve in the Bais HaMikdosh, would bring a מנחת חינוך, a mincha offering of installation. The very same korbon was brought each day by the Kohain Gadol, although with another name מנחת חביתים. The שפת אמת suggests that, although there is a question in the Gemora, as to whether the Kohanim are servants of the people or of HaShem, the Kohain Gadol is likened to a מלאך, an angel, and certainly a servant of HaShem, and thereby, renews the Kedusha each day. Also the Gemora in Krisus points out, in a miracle, the drops of anointing oil remained on the beard of Aaron and continued for generations to enlighten the Kohain Gadol with renewed kedusha each day. Therefore, he required this korbon each day of his life.



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