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Section: Parshas HaShavua   Category: Quick Vort
Parshas Tzav: Shela HaKadosh - A Ba'al Tshuva's Seat At The Table
In Parshas Tzav the Torah commands us to do the Mitzva Trumas HaDeshen, to remove ashes of the burnt Korbanos every morning from the Mizbei'ach. The Shela says that the reason for this is that the animal that is sacrificed and burned on the Mizbei'ach is instead of the person who brought it.  After we offer up the Korban we have received our punishment and our flesh has been burned to ash.  At this point it is time to move on and put our past out of our mind.  We don't dwell on our sins forever.  

Once we have a kapara we are once again a precious clean neshama.  We must respect ourselves and our neshamos despite our past.  We must respect the Baal Tshuva and not hold him accountable for his past sins, says the Shela.  This why the Torah says, "V'Heirim Es HaDeshen Asher Tochal HaEish... V'Samo Eitzel HaMizbei'ach" (Tzav 6:3).  After we are turned to ash we then take our place right alongside the Mizbei'ach at the table of Hashem.
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