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Observing the length of the
Aliyos in Parshios we notice that the first two Aliyos of this week’s Parsha
are excessively long, unparalleled anywhere else. What is the reason for this?
Moshe said מי לה' אלי, whoever is for Hashem join me in which only the Levites
Perhaps they had second thoughts on this and wanted to act like everyone else.
So, it says רבות מחשבות בלב איש, many thoughts are in
Let us go into the לב, the center of the letters of איש. Spelling out איש—that is אלפ יוד שין—we notice the middle letters spell לוי. Now it can be understood in the following way: There were many
thoughts in the mind of the Levites– should they have the same response as the
people or go after Hashem. How does the Pasuk there finish off? ועצת ה' היא תקום—they followed מי לה' אלי. The sin of the עגל is in the second Aliya, which is the Levi’s, of this week’s
Parsha. This is because they were not involved in the עגל.
Therefore, there is no embarrassment.
Rabbi Alt merited to learn under the
tutelage of R’ Mordechai Friedlander Ztz”l for close to five years. He received
Semicha from R’ Zalman Nechemia Goldberg. Rabbi Alt has written on numerous
topics for various websites and publications. He lives with his wife and family
in a suburb of Yerushalayim where he studies, writes and teaches. The author is
passionate about teaching Jews of all levels of observance.
Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 78:4.
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