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Friday, April 5

The Weekly Shtikle - Shemini

A slightly overdue book plug: I am happy to inform of the release of a wonderful biography of my father, z"l, written by my niece, Rikki Ash. Canada's Rabbi: The Life and Legacy of Rabbi Reuven Bulka is available from Ktav and Amazon.


This Monday, erev rosh chodesh Nisan, there will be a full solar eclipse visible to many different major cities in the US. There will not be another such event in this part of the world for another 20 years. Please check out a piece I wrote a number of years ago, Eclipses in Halachah and Machshavah.


The pasuk states (9:7) regarding Aharon's personal chatas offering that it should be an atonement for him and for the nation. R' Moshe Mintz of Ner Yisroel asks why Aharon's korban involved an atonement for the nation. Ohr HaChaim answers that Aharon's involvement in the sin of the golden calf was brought about by the nation who coerced him into aiding them in the making of the golden calf. Therefore, the nation could not achieve a full atonement until Aharon, for whom they were responsible, achieved his own atonement.


Rabbi Mintz explains the important lesson that is learned from this. We must be ever so careful with all our actions within the kahal for all of our actions have a spiritual effect on the kahal as a whole. If one were to (chas ve'shalom) have a part in leading another to sin through his actions, full atonement can only come once all involved have achieved atonement.  


Have a good Shabbos and chodesh tov.

Mishenichnas Adar marbim b'simchah!

Eliezer Bulka

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