April 13, 2018
כ‘‘ח ניסן תשע“ח
· May 1- General Studies Faculty
meeting - 3:50 Dismissal all
Hamilton bldg classes, Williston
bldg. dismissal at 4:00 pm gr. 6B
· May 18 - Erev Shavuos - Noon
dismissal gr. 1B-8B, No school
Preschool and gr. 1G-8G
· May 20-21 - Shavuos –No
· May 22 - Classes begin at 10:00
· We hope you had nachas from all the divrei Torah and beautifully designed haggados this Pesach. A special thank you to the Rebbeim and Moros for all the efforts
preparing the students.
· A lot of special learning happened over Pesach. More girls than ever participated in the learning sponsored by Rabbi and Mrs. Yaakov Klerman in memory of their
parents. The topic was הלכות of השכמת הבוקר . Thank you Mrs. Sternfield for coordinating the project.
On the day the משכן was inaugurated, Aharon was commanded to bring an עגל (calf) as a קרבן חטאת and an
איל (ram) as a קרבן עולה . Bnei Yisrael were instructed to bring a שעיר (goat) as a חטאת and an עגל with a כבש
as an עולה .
The תרגום יונתן בן עוזיאל explains the need for these
specific קרבנות . The עגלים offered by אהרן הכהן and בני
ישראל were brought as a כפרה for חטא העגל . The שעיר
atoned for the sin of מכירת יוסף (the brothers dipped
Yosef’s coat into the blood of a goat following the
sale). The ram and the sheep were offered to evoke
the merit of יצחק who was bound by his father during
the עקידה .
The offering of the goats and calves as part of the
dedication of the משכן to atone for the respective
עבירות of חטא העגל and מכירת יוסף is understandable.
The משכן was the place in the מדבר where Hashem’s
presence dwelled. The very existence of the משכן was
a testimony that Hashem forgave כלל ישראל for the sin
of the Golden Calf, and chose to once again rest His
שכינה among them. The selling of יוסף highlighted the
division among the brothers. The משכן was a place of
אחדות , unity. Therefore, it is only appropriate to atone
for an עבירה that represented disunity when
dedicating the משכן .
Why, however, do Bnei Yisrael offer a sheep and a
ram to remember the עקידה of יצחק over a korban to
remember the other אבות . The מפרשים explain based
on the כוזרי and other מפרשים that כלל ישראל did not
commit the עבירות of חטא העגל and מכירת יוסף just to
serve עבודה זרה or to cause מחלוקת . They had a
legitimate concern which prompted them to commit
the sins. The Jews sinned with the Golden Calf
because they truly thought משה רבינו was gone. They
were looking for direction and constructed the עגל to
be a medium through which to receive Hashem’s
ברכה and guidance. Similarly, the brothers sold Yosef
because of what they felt was a valid concern. It
appeared to them that יוסף was tampering with the
unity of the brothers by seemingly demonstrating that
he was above them.
While it is true that both כלל ישראל and the שבטים had
pure motives for doing what they did, they neglected
one critical component. The שבטים were the sons of
יעקב אבינו , the בחיר האבות . For such a decision,
concerning whether or not to sell their brother, they
should have consulted with him! Similarly, if כלל
ישראל planned to introduce such a radical medium
into their עבודת ה׳ , they should have first proposed the
idea to their leaders אהרן and חור . They should have
not forced אהרן and חור to acquiesce to their demands
without first listening to their opinion.
For this reason, at the time of the חנוכת המשכן , when
Hashem was preparing to rest His presence among
the Jewish people, He commanded us to remember
the merit of Yitzchak. Yitzchak Avinu acted out of
perfect and complete faith. He did not question the
authenticity or veracity of his father’s command, but
submitted himself unquestioninably to be sacrificed.
It is this message of אמונת חכמים that Hashem wished
to instill within בני ישראל to safeguard them from
Having recently concluded the beautiful Yom Tov of
Pesach, and hopefully having grown in our אמונה and
בטחון , it is only appropriate that we read פרשת שמיני
the Shabbos after פסח . It is a perfect time to reflect on
our אמונת חכמים and how critical it is to turn to our
leaders for guidance.