Dvar Torah Tzav 1 2001 – 5761 דבר תורה צו

This Sidra talks about different laws that pertain to KORBANOT or sacrifices. Every sacrifice has a specific number of days and nights when it may be eaten. One of the laws, (Lev. 7;18) as interpreted by the Chazal, tells us that if when a person brings the sacrifice he has in mind to eat it more than the allowed number of days, then the Korban is called PIGUL, which means it is PASUL and is not considered a legitimate KORBAN.

This is a strange law. The person is bringing a KORBAN. He spent his money to buy the animal. He came to Yerushalayim to offer it. He has it slaughtered and everything is done just the way the law requires. Only because he intended in his mind to eat it a little longer than is permitted it becomes PASUL.

From this we learn a very significant truth. Actions and motions that we go through are meaningless unless they are backed up by the right intentions and the correct thoughts. You cannot consider it a Mitzva to give money and feel that you do not want to. You cannot pray and think you don’t really mean it. You cannot do a favor to your friend and feel that you are not doing it whole-heartedly. When you do something your parents ask you to do and you do it begrudgingly, it is doubtful whether you are fulfilling the Mitzva of Kibud Av VeEm.

The Torah in this Sidra is telling us how important our thoughts are when they accompany an action. Our intentions must coincide with what we are doing or we might as well not be doing it.


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