Section: Parshas HaShavua   Category: Quick Vort
Parshas Mitzora: Maskil L'Dovid - The Worm And The Grass
As part of the Kapara of a Mitzora he must tie together Eizov and an Eitz Erez with a Shni Tolaas.  Rashi explains (Mitzora 14:4) that Tzoraas comes from haughtiness and he must lower himself like short grass and a worm.  Why does the Mitzora need to symbols of humility?

The Maskil L'Dovid answers that the Mishna in Pirkei Avos says, Mi'od Miod Hevei Shfal Ruach.  One must be very very humble.  The reason, says the Maskil L'Dovid that it says the word "Miod" twice is to teach us that we must be humble in spiritual matters like our wisdom, as well as physical matters like strength and wealth.

For this lesson we need two symbols of humility.  The Shni Tolaas whose red color reminds us of the lowly living worm represents humility in spiritual matters, while the grass growing on an inanimate wall represents humility in material and physical matters.