Section:  Avodah   Category: Olam HaTorah
Parshas Titzaveh: Rav Shimshon Pincus - Asking Permission To Be Ultra Frum

On the bottom of the Me'il there were bells. The Ramban explains that these bells were the Kohen Gadol's way of asking permission before entering the Kodesh to perform the avodah. Yet a Kohen Hedyot had no bells, why did he not need to receive permission before entering?

Rav Shimshon Pincus explains that the Kohen Gadol's avodah represented lofty avodah beyond what is expected. The Torah is teaching us that in order to undertake Chasidus and Prishus a person must be worthy. He can receive permission only after obtaining a certain level of tzidkus. Therefore the Kohen Gadol needs to announce his request to avodah and receive permission.

On the other hand the Kohen Hedyot's avodah represented the obligations of every Jew. When it comes to fulfilling our obligations as a Jew, we don't need permission. The fact that we are not perfect in one area does not exclude us from anything else. Therefore the Kohen Hedyot needs no introduction.

Interestingly says Rav Shimshon, on Yom Kippur when the Kohen Gadol goes into the Kodesh HaKodashim his begadim have no bells. How can he go into the holiest place of them all unannounced? Rav Shimshon answers that the Aron represents Torah learning. Learning Torah is the holiest thing man can do. It is like bonding with Hashem Himself. One would think that only tzaddikim who have never sinned can go that close the fire without getting singed. Here also the Torah is teaching us an important lesson. To learn Torah no one needs any permission. No matter who you are or what you have done, you may enter the gates of Torah, as the crown of Torah is there for anyone's taking.