Section: Parshas HaShavua   Category: Quick Vort
Parshas Vayikra: Rav Shimon Schwab - The Unlikely Watchdog Of The Gedolim
The torah tells us what Korban is brought "Asher Nasi Yecheta" when our leader sins (Vayikra 4:22).  Rashi tells us, "fortunate is the generation whose leader is conscious enough to bring a korban to forgive his sins."

Rav Shimon Schwab brings the medrash that says that Yeshaya cursed Bnei Yisroel with 18 curses, but was not calm until he cursed them with two more curses.  The young will act haughty towards the old and the shamed with the respected (Yeshaya 3:5).  It is hard to fathom why the Navi Yeshaya who loved the people of Am Yisroel needed more curses to pacify him.  Was the first eighteen not enough?  And why did these two curses finally calm him?

Rav Schwab explains that although it is a terrible thing for the resha'im to scorn the tzaddikim however there is a silver lining.  The tzaddikim know that they are under the microscope and any false move will be scrutinized and publicly shamed.  For this they are better people as they watch every move in more carefully.  Without this watchdog the tzaddikim can slip slightly together with the nation since the gap is so large anyway.  Keeping the tzaddikim on their lofty level gives hope that Klal Yisroel has a future and that we will one day come around again.