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Fascinating Insights—The Sefer (in English)
We know the Avoda of the Leviyim
were to sing as we say ...ולוים לשירם ולזמרם, restore the Leviyim
to their song and music. This is hinted to in קח את
הלוים מתוך בני ישראל, take the Leviyim from among בני ישראל.
Taking the middle letters from the word ישראל, let us see what we get.
Spelling out the word ישראל, we have יוד, שין,
ריש, אלף, למד. The middle letter spelled out is ריש, which when rearranged
spells שיר, song. The middle letters of each of them when they are spelled
out (יוד, שין, ריש, אלף, למד) spells לויים.
This was the job of the Leviyim.
The Meor V’Shemesh
brings from the Sefer Bris Menucha
that when Korbanos were brought to the Beis Hamikdash, the Kohen would look at
the one bringing the Korban and understand his thoughts. If the Kohen
understood that the person didn’t do proper Teshuva yet, then he would hint to
the Leviyim for them to sing that which would awaken this person to have
thoughts of Teshuva. The Leviyim would then do this and this would bring
the person to thoughts of Teshuva…Through this the person was forgiven.
Along the same lines, here is what the Shaar Yissaschar brings: There is a tradition that when the one who
sinned brought a Korban before the Kohen, the Kohen asked what sin he
committed. When the person sadly said what he stumbled in, the Kohen screamed אוי ואבוי, woe,
how could you do a sin like this before Hashem?! He would say other similar
words of Mussar and fear. The Kohen hinted to the Leviyim standing on
their platform and they began to sing with their instruments a stirring song
that brings tears. Then the person would lean his hands on the Korban and
confess, ‘I committed a certain sin and I returned with Teshuva and this is my
atonement.’ Through this tremendous awakening he cried bitterly with confession
and regret. When the Kohen saw that the person nearly died from his bitterness,
he hinted to the Leviyim and they began to sing a song of happiness to
restore the man’s spirit. The Korban was then slaughtered immediately and
therefore he had an atonement.
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
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