Two unusual words describing the nature of the connection between the High Priest’s breastplate and his vest teach us about Man’s relationship with G-d and his fellow man.
Bo Bo: I Desire it נא Now, Even Half-Baked שמות יא:ב -דַּבֶּר נָא בְּאָזְנֵי הָעָם וְיִשְׁאֲלוּ אִישׁ מֵאֵת רֵעֵהוּ וְאִשָּׁה מֵאֵת רְעוּתָהּ כְּלֵי כֶסֶף וּכְלֵי זָהָב. Please, speak into the ears of the people, and let them borrow, each man from his friend and each woman from her friend, silver vessels and golden vessels(Ex. 11:2). The word … Continue reading Bo: I Desire it ‘Na’ Now, Even Half-Baked ~ Yehoshua Steinberg
Vayechi בראשית מז:כט -וְעָשִׂיתָ עִמָּדִי חֶסֶד וֶאֱמֶת אַל נָא תִקְבְּרֵנִי בְּמִצְרָיִם. Act towards me with kindness and truth [חסד ואמת]; do not bury me in Egypt (Gen. 47:29). Rashi explains that חסד ואמתin this verse refers to חסדdone without any anticipation of reward. Writes Rashi: חסדdone with the deceased is חסד של אמת- the truest form of חסד, as one does not … Continue reading Vayechi: Relative Kindness? ~ The Wonders of the Holy Tongue