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Monday, 25 Tevet 5777 / January 23, 2017

Monday: Moses and Aaron

Monday: Moses and Aaron

Second Reading: Exodus 6:14–28

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The Torah then reviews the lineage of Moses and Aaron, for their lineage was an important factor contributing to the Jewish people’s acceptance of them as leaders.
Moses and Aaron
הוּא אַהֲרֹן וּמֹשֶׁה וגו': (שמות ו:כו)
These are Aaron and Moses. Exodus 6:26

Moses was the transmitter of the Torah that he received from G‑d. The “Moses” aspect of our lives is thus the study of G‑d’s Torah and the performance of His commandments. Aaron was the first high priest. The “Aaron” aspect of our lives is thus prayer, for prayer reaches up to G‑d as did the sacrifices that were offered up by the priests.

The Torah sometimes mentions Moses before Aaron and sometimes mentions Aaron before Moses. This teaches us that sometimes we need to first study the Torah or fulfill some commandment in order to properly relate to G‑d in prayer. At other times, we might need to connect to G‑d through prayer before studying the Torah or fulfilling its commandments, in order to study or act in selfless devotion to G‑d.1

Footnotes
1.
Likutei Torah 3:88c.
Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson (11 Nissan 1902–3 Tammuz 1994) became the seventh rebbe of the Chabad dynasty on 10 Shevat 1950. He is widely acknowledged as the greatest Jewish leader of the second half of the 20th century, a dominant scholar in both the revealed and hidden aspects of Torah, and fluent in many languages and on scientific subjects. The Rebbe is best known for his extraordinary love and concern for every Jew on the planet, having sent thousands of emissaries around the globe, dedicated to strengthening Judaism.

Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky is a scholar, author and anthologist, and is editor-in-chief at Chabad House Publications of California. He is the author and translator of Apples from the Orchard, gleanings from the writings of the Arizal (Rabbi Isaac Luria, 1534–1572) on the Torah, and is the author and editor-in-chief of the Kehot Chumash produced by Chabad House Publications, featuring an interpolated translation of the Torah with commentary adapted from the works of the Lubavitcher Rebbe.
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