The Fifth section of the Chumash of Bamidbar – Numbers recounts the rebellion of Korach, Moses’ first cousin, and its repercussions.
In order to demonstrate conclusively, that the tribe of Levi had been set apart from the rest of the Jewish people for their respective tasks by G-d Himself, G-d commanded Moses to take the staffs of the princes of each of the 12 tribes and place them next to the Ark in the Holy of Holies, the inner chamber of the Tabernacle.
Aaron’s staff – for the house of Levi – had blossomed; it gave forth blossoms, sprouted buds, and produced ripe almonds. (17:23)
Of all fruits, almonds are the fastest to blossom, ripen and be ready for human consumption. This attribute of speed characterises the priests’ function in the Tabernacle in two ways.
- The priests blessed the people every morning. The purpose of their blessings was to enable G-d’s goodness to reach the Jewish people speedily and directly.
- The priests performed their duties quickly and with liveliness.
In as much as the Jewish people are “a kingdom of priests and a holy nation”, we should learn from the priest’s quickness to fulfil their duties. We must respond to every opportunity quickly, energetically and wholeheartedly. When we do so, we are assured of G-d’s blessings and the success of our efforts will not delay in coming.
Have a wonderful meaningful Shabbat followed by a productive fulfilling week.
SUNDAY – 3RD TAMMUS, MARKS THE 27TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE PASSING OF THE LUBAVITCHER REBBE, RABBI MENACHEM SCHNEERSON ZY”O.
A day spent in reflection and increasing our efforts to fulfil the Rebbes desires to prepare oneself and the whole world for the coming of Moshiach.