Friday, May 12, 2006

Parshas Emor

In this week's parsha we are given the time-appropriate mitzvah of Sefiras haOmer (counting the weeks between Passover and Shavuos). The pasuk says that we should count "Sheva Shevuos Temimos" or 7 "complete" weeks. Most learn out from Temimos that it needs to be a complete 7-weeks; specifically, that on Shavuos night, when the count ends, we make Kiddush after Tzeis haKochavim (at which point it is vadai lailah) and our count will therefore be complete.

However, the Medrash Rabbah suggest that when has a person fulfilled this idea of "Sheva Shavuos Temimos? He answers that this is when a person is doing the ratzon of Hashem. Interestingly, the Medrash says that it's not just the weeks that should be Temimos, but ourselves as well.

One piece of advice as to how to attain "Temimos", I believe, can also be found in this week's parsha regarding the concept of "Mumin" - or (bodily) blemishes. So, in the same parsha we have the two extremes: completeness and defectivness. One such blemish that deems a Kohein unfit for service is termed,"Sarua". Rashi explains that Sarua is when the limb of a person is larger than its counterpart (ex. having an arm that is 3 ft. long and another that is 6 ft. long).

This blemish fits in well with concept by Sefira of "Temimos". It was said over by R' Moshe's funeral that what made him great was that he was such a well-rounded person. Sure, he was a Gadol, but he wasn't just a Gadol in learning. He was a gadol in Middos, in Anivus, in Psak - in everything. Figuratively speaking, there was no limb on his body that was larger than any other.

Obviously, attaining the level of a R' Moshe is unfathomable. But, there are small people and there are large people. We're not asking you to have the body (figuratively speaking) of R' Moshe. The key is that whatever level of Yiddishkeit you are on, you should have Temimos. OK, so you're in college - it's easy to say that one doesn't have time now for davening, for learning. The goal is to strive to become a well-rounded person: someone that takes their work seriously, but their Yiddishkeit seriously as well. Or, you're in yeshiva, shtaiging 8 hours a day. It's very easy to say that you're too busy learning - no time for chesed; but, that's not the "Temimusdika" thing to do.

We're all midgets compared to R' Moshe, but the goal is to distance ourself from the blemish of Sarua and make sure that each of our Jewish limbs are the same length.

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