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Ein od milvado

By: David Schwartz ('07-'09)

As I was reading through the commentators on this week’s parsha, I noticed something very inetersting. The parsha lists the different garments that the kohen gadol wore during his service in the Beis Hamikdash. When commenting on these psukim, the commentators go to seemingly far lengths to give more meaning to the intricate details of each garment. Here are a few examples: When speaking of the tzitz, the pasuk says it should be “al mitzcho tamid” “on his forehead always”, the commentators use this pasuk to teach us that we must always have an awareness of holiness and not to take it for granted. when speaking of the eiphod, the robe, they point out that it was made out of turquoise wool. they go on to say that this color is reminiscent of heaven and is there to remind bnei yisroel of the kisei hakavod. Commenintg on the pomegranates and bells that were on the bottom of the eiphod, the Baal Haturim says that there were 72 of each referring to the 72 shades of white of a leper (mitzorah). This part of the robe was to remind the yiddin to be careful from speaking loshon hara, which causes leprosy.

When it comes to having an awareness of God in our lives many questions may come up. Why would an infinite God care about my insignificant actions? Does he really hear and listen to my tefillah? And if hashem is completely good like we are told, than why and how would he create a world that is so filled with darkness and evil?
In the second rashi in the torah, he brings a midrash that states that the world was created for the torah and for yisroel (also found on the reishit paroches). Rav David Aaron shlita explains that of course Hashem cares about every part and every aspect of our lives, the world was created for us! Hashem wants us to understand that he created the world in a way that is perfect for his ulitimate goal. That goal is to help us get the most out of our stay here and fix whatever we can while in this world.( To understand why Hashem wants that of us, pick up Rav Aaron’s books. ) The greatest pleasure a person can have in life comes from achievement and growth. Hashem created the world with so much darkness and potential for bad, because this is the perfect environment for us to really work on ourselves and grow to be more complete people. Dovid Hamelech in Sefer Tehillim says “shivisi hashem linegdi tamid” “I place Hashem before me always”. Hashem is always by our side and always helping us to follow the path we want to go on.
Many times it is very hard for us to internalize or remember this truth; The truth that ein od milvado- the entire world fills him and that we are never alone. Kabbalah says that when we are in pain, the shechinah is right there next to us “suffering” as well. Since this is so hard to remember, hashem sends us signs and messages to remind us of the great zchus we have by being in his service. As rebbe nachman says “he who has eyes to see, sees holiness in everything”. This I believe is a message we can take from the commentarys on the bigdei kehunah. They show us that even though we already know that the kohen gadol’s clothing are very holy and important, that we can find lessons and reminders of hashem’s presence even in the most seemingly insignificant details. They show us that even when something seems so simple and small, really ein od milvado. In this world, nothing goes to waste, Hashem, and his helpful hints to us are in every part of everything we are always doing. We just need to have the right eyes.
The ma’or einayim brings down that the name Adar comes from the words aleph dar. Aleph as in, the one, hashem, dar, dwells. Adar reminds us that hashem is always dwelling among us. Mishenichnas adar marbin besimcha. When we realize that everything is truly a gift from god and we can be aware of the constant messages and hints he is sending us, we can reach a place of immense happiness.
Im’h the power of Adar should mechazek us to get through the tough times we may be facing in this very dark galus. And god willing our simcha baavodah should bring the geulah and we will all celebrate Purim here in Yerushalayim together. Good Shabbos.