Thursday, March 1, 2012

Thursday's Parsha Tidbits - Parshas Tezaveh + Esther

The following is a brief summary of a thought said over by R' Frand on the parsha this evening along with a vort that he said on Megillas Esther. I have attempted to reproduce these vorts to the best of my ability. Any perceived inconsistency is the result of my efforts to transcribe the shiur and should not be attributed to R' Frand.

In Shemos 28:31-35, the Torah describes the Robe of the Ephod that the Kohain Gadol wore. At pesukim 33-34, the Torah writes that the hem of the robe had pomegranates and gold bells around them. The Torah then writes in pasuk 35 that these were on the Robe so that they would be heard.

Rashi on 28:33 writes that the bells had clappers inside of them and the pomegranates were hollow. However, the Ramban writes that he is unaware of where Rashi learned this from and that if there were pomegranates interspersed there would not be any sound - so why would they even be needed there? Instead, the Ramban learns that these devices were made from cloth - there was a pomegranate made from cloth and inside the pomegranate was a pseudo bell which was also made from cloth. R' Shevell in his explanation of the Ramban asks - based on the Ramban's explanation that these were made from cloth, how could they make sounds? R' Shevell answers that it was a miracle that sound came from the robe.

R' Frand then asked - why was a miracle necessary? There were many miracles in the mishkan - why was it necessary for the devices on the robe to miraculously make noise?

R' Frand answered by quoting his son R' Yaakov who said in the name of a R' Yosef Blum (sp?) that the message of the Robe was that when a person does something holy he should not make noise to draw attention to himself - do it quietly, humbly and "without bells and whistles." If the act being done is important, Hashem will create the necessary noise so that people will be aware of the act (if they need to be aware of it). However, the person doing the holy act should not try to raise the public's awareness of his deeds.

R' Frand also said a vort on Megillas Esther. He asked - how many times does Charvonah appear in the Megilla? He answered that Charvonah appears twice - once in the beginning of the Megilla when Ahasverus tells his advisors to get Vashti. The second time that Charvonah appears is when he tells the king to hang Haman from the tree he prepared for Mordechai.

The Pirkei D'Rebbi Eliezer explains that the two Charvonahs are actually different people. The first Charvonah (whose name ends with an aleph) is actually Charvonah, but the second Charvonah (whose name ends with a heh) is Eliyahu HaNavi. We see that he is zachor latov - just like Eliyahu.

R' Frand quote a R' Zalmi Mintz who said in the name of R' Ephraim Waxman that the message is that the geula came because Charvonah said the tree was made by Haman for Mordechai who spoke good about HaMelech. Chazal teach that every time that the Megilla states HaMelech, it refers to Hashem. Mordechai never said anything negative or complained to Hashem about what the Jews were enduring - this is why they were saved. This is also the message to us - don't question and ask why things are happening or why Hashem is doing what he does. Don't complain - just trust in Hashem that He has a master plan and in so doing we will be zoche to the geulah b'miheira b'yamenu and live to see layihudim haysa orah.

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