4 parshiot and leadership

We are going all the way back to Parshat Yitro. Parshat Yitro is about receiving the 10 commandments and teaching Moshe and all future leaders how to lead properly. In parsha Yitro we say Nassah V Nishma- we will do and we will listen basically accepting the Torah and all of its commandments. Why does such a holy Parsha carry the name of Yitro who was not even Jewish? Because Yitro taught Moshe that in order to be a good leader you cannot do everything yourself, but rather you must delegate and set up court systems and teach others your knowledge. From there we go into parsha Mishptaim which many people find to be a let down from Yitro because it deals with the mundane laws of every day living. But really it is just the opposite   in order to live a spiritual life that will affect you and others around you must know what to do every day in terms of the Torah. It is all about Nasah V Nishamh a theme that runs throughout the all parshaiot. We will do – we will live our lives and we will listen- according to the Torah. From there we go into parsha’s Treumah, in Treumah we deal with the gifts to the Kohanim. Where we give the Kohanim and the Levim part of our crops and our flocks as a gift as mandated by the Torah. This goes completely against the human nature. As humans we do not like to part with stuff that we worked hard to earn. This all about teaching us to be leaders in this world, to do and to listen. When we get to the next parsha Tetzvah, we see two more examples of leadership here. When the Jewish people sinned with the golden calf, Moshe when asking Hashm to forgive the Jewish people, said if you do not forgive them take me out of your Torah. Moshe wasn’t issuing a threat, rather realizing that without the Jewish people he had failed in his job as their leader and did not want to be separated from them. A true leader will do everything possible for his people, to the extent of giving up his honor and possibly even his life to save others. So therefore Moshe’s name is not mentioned in the entire parsha. Tetzvah tells us all about the clothing of the Kohanim (begda Kehuna) From here we see that while clothing does not make the man, when the man is truly worthy on the inside, his clothing will reflect that without any effort on his part. The Kohanim did not , the Kohen Gadol did not ask for these clothing but rather they were given to them with specific instructions on how to wear them and when. This is an important concept in the idea that the clothes make the man, you have to be worthy first to be the Kohen Gadol before you get to wear the clothes.

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