Thursday, August 27, 2015

Thursday's Parsha Tidbits - Parshas Ki Seitzei

Although the Rabbi Frand shiurim commenced after we entered Chodesh Elul, there were issues with the broadcast tonight which could not be corrected by the TCN technical staff. Rather than leave the blog without a vort for shabbos, I am attempting to repeat a vort heard from R' Eli Mansour as recorded on, Same rules as usual apply - I have attempted to reproduce the 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 the maggidei shiur.

In Devarim (21:22) the Torah states that if an Ish (person) has a Cheit (sin) which is punishable by death, the man is killed and then hung from a tree. 

R' Mansour asked a number of questions on the words in the pasuk. He first observed that there is a general proposition that the word Ish is an indicator that the person is important. If this man committed a sin which was punishable by death, how is he important? The sinner should have been referred to as an Adam.

R' Mansour also asked about the use of the word Cheit. This generally implies an accidental sin whereas Uhvon would be an intentional sin. Why does the Torah use the word Cheit instead of Uhvon which would be more applicable to a capital crime.

R' Mansour answered these questions by making reference to the eulogy given by the Arizal for R' Moshe Cordovero. The Arizal began by mentioning the gemara which discussed how four people never sinned, but they died anyway because of Adam HaRishon's sin of eating from the Eitz HaDa'as.

He continued that the word Cheit has more than one meaning. Besides meaning sin, the word also means empty. This can be seen from Batsheva who discussed with David how she and Shlomo would be seen as Chataim - empty or deficient. 

The Arizal said - R Moshe Cordovero was perfect and had not sinned. So why did he die? The answer lies in the pasuk - If an Ish (like R' Moshe Cordovero) is Cheit (lacking) an adjudication of a death penalty and he dies you should hang it on the tree. Why did this man die? You must say that it is because of the Tree - the sin of Adam HaRishon.

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