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Section:  Avodah   Category: Olam HaTorah
Parshas Vayikra: Rav Shimshon Pincus - The Precious Snoring Of The Korban Ani
The Korban Mincha, a measure of flour, brought by the poor man is precious in Hashem's eye's more than the fat cow of the rich man.  Why?  "V'nefesh Ki Sakriv Korban" (Vayikra 2:1), Hashem understands that paying for this paltry gift is like giving away his entire being, his nefesh.  He sacrifices the pennies he needs to live on, and offers it up to Hashem.  To us it may look pathetic but to Hashem it is priceless.

Today we do not have Korbanos, but we have Limud HaTorah which is more dear to Hashem then multitudes of korbanos.  Here also, says Rav Shimshon Pincus, we have the Korban Ashir and the Korban Ani.  How pathetic does it look when a person comes to Shul at the end of a long day of work, sits down in a Shiur struggling to keep his eyes open.  He spends half the Shiur dozing and half trying to concentrate and follow.

In our eyes this is a very weak Torah learning, but not in Hashem's eyes.  Hashem sees this person sacrificing his entire being.  He'd rather be home relaxing and eating since his energy is long gone.  But he chooses to use the last ounces of strength left in himself to drag himself to the Bais Medrash to give it to Hashem.  That he brought with him a few kernels of wheat instead of a fat cow is irrelevant.  What matters is that he sacrificed whatever he had and offered it to his Creator.