"Parasha Vayikra"

"Parasha Vayikra"

"Neither does the mezuzah complain"

"He called Moses" (Vaikrá 1: 1)

As we have explained earlier in the Sefer Torah the final letter "Alef" of the word "Vayikra" (the call) is written smaller than the other letters. This is known as an Alef zeirá or small Alef, in Aramaic the word "Alef" means "to teach" and zeirá also conota "young" or "little", so Alef zeirá can be read as "teach small children". that the sages explain that we should begin to teach Torah to our children from the book of Leviticus.

Rabbi Yaakov Baal HaTurim mentions "that the letter alef in the word Vaikrá (and called) is written smaller than the rest of the letters because Moshe wanted to write Vaikar, as it is written with respect to Bilam, that is to say that the Creator only appeared to him by chance (mikré). But God told him that he should write the alef and Moshe added it smaller "


The Kli Iakar says that the small alef alludes to study, as in “alfeja hochma” (I will teach you wisdom) (Iov 33:33). This teaches that study only lasts for the one who belittles himself.

The importance of humility is expressed in the quality of "equivalence", as the great work Jovot HaLevavot says, that the praise and criticism that one receives should be considered equivalent. This was the quality that Moshe Rabbenu had. Therefore, if we see a person who is suspicious of honor and runs away from it, that is proof that they have not yet reached the true level of humility, because if they did not attach any importance to honor, they would not have to run away
of it.


In the book Chassidim Mesaprim, it is said that the tzaddik Rabbi Shmuel Eliahu of Zvolin ztzk ”l was sitting at his table on Shabbat. His students arrived and told him that a certain chassid who was a talmid chajam (Wise student) was in the Bet HaMidrash (study house) complaining because they had not invited him to spend Shabbat in an honorable place ...
The Rabbi told them: “There is no reason to be angry. Tell him that the mezuzah, which is obviously full of Torah and holiness, does not complain that it was left by the door. ”

Dedicated for the health of the sick of Israel and the whole world, also for the success and good sustenance of all those in need.

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