Section: Parshas HaShavua   Category: Quick Vort
Parshas Titzaveh: Rav Meir Shapiro - The Secret Of The Honorable Clothing

When Hashem commanded Moshe to make Bigdei Kehuna, He tells him that they are, "LiChavod U'L'Siferes; honor and glory." (Titzaveh 27:2)  In the next pasuk Hashem tells Moshe to tell the Chachmei Lev to make the Bigadim for Aharon, "LiKadsho U'L'Chahano Li; To make Me Holy and to Serve Me." What are the Bigadim really for, Aharon's glory or Hashem's?

Rav Meir Shapiro answers b'derech tzachus. He says that Moshe Rabbeinu was called Anav MiKol Adam, the most modest man. To him Hashem revealed that the secret behind The Bigdei Kehuna were honor and glory of Kedusha, and was not afraid it would go to his head. To others, however, this message can be misconstrued, and the honor may be to a degree personalized. Because of this, when Hashem told Moshe to talk to the Chachmei Lev, He told him to say the reason is to honor Hashem, in order not to taint the Avodah with Gaava, however slight, from any participants.

"This," says Rav Meir Shapiro, "helps explain the Yerushalmi (Taanis 11b) that says that during the Shivas Yimei Milu'im, Moshe was the Kohen Gadol, and his garment was a white robe without a stitched edge. How could Moshe, who vehemently avoided any honor, so easily acquiesce to becoming Kohen Gadol? The answer lies in unprotected garment. If the Kohen Gadol's garment rips, he is oveir a Lav. In order to ensure this doesn't happen, they reinforce the edge. Moshe only accepted the position because it was temporary, and therefore did not need to reinforce his edges."