Section: Parshas HaShavua   Category: Quick Vort
Parshas Acharei Mos: Torah is More Precious than Pearls?

"With these Korbanos Aaron will enter the Kodesh" The Pasuk in Mishlei says "Yikarah Hee MiPeninim" - The Torah is more precious than "Peninim". The Gemara in Horios (13a) explains that the Torah is more precious than the Kohen Gadol entering the Kodesh HaKadashim (Pninim - The most inner part of the Bais HaMikdash). What is the significance of the comparison to the Kohen Gadol?

 R' Yisroel Salanter answers, there is no greater Jew than the Kohen Gadol; no greater day than Yom Kippur; and no holier place than the Kodesh HaKadashim. When the Kohen Gadol enters the Kodesh HaKadashim on Yom Kippur, it is the ultimate holiness. Still, the pasuk tells us, "Yikarah Hee MiPeninim" - the Torah is still more precious.