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Thursday, 10 June, 2010 - 12:00 pm

In this week’s Torah portion: Aaron’s position as high priest was challenged so G‑d tells Moses to take a staff from each of the twelve tribes, with the name of each tribe's prince written upon their staff. Another staff was taken to represent the tribe of Levi, and Aaron's name was written on that staff. These staffs were placed overnight in the Holy of Holies chamber of the Tabernacle. The next morning they were removed, and miraculously Aaron's staff had budded with almond blossoms and almonds. This was proof that Aaron was G‑d's choice for High Priest.

On that note the question is asked what is the role of the Kohen?

The Kabbalah explains: It is the role of the Kohanim (sons of Aaron) to express G-d’s blessings to the Jews. The purpose of the Kohen’s blessing is to expedite this unimaginable journey from G-d’s throne to our own personal life with the blessings of children, health and sustenance, to see to it that these blessings reach us speedily and without any impediment along the way. Indeed, in the Priestly Blessing (recited as part of our holiday prayers and in Israel every day) the Kohanim bless us to have all of these blessings revealed speedily. This is hinted at by Aaron’s name, which is spelled with the same Hebrew letters as the word nireh, “we will see.”


Aaron’s job, and the job of all Kohanim, is to bless the Jews with revealed good in a quick and direct way. And so shall it be for Jews worldwide and for the Jewish community of Harford county.


Have a wonderful Shabbos.


Rabbi Kushi Schusterman

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