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INSIGHT: Holy Rubbish!

Ashes of Pride

Ashes of Pride

Think of a bonfire or barbecue.

“I’m thinking of the amazing Lag B’Omer bonfire.”

“And I’m thinking of our hardly amazing “summer family barbecue with the burnt hot dogs and hamburgers.”

After the fun is over, the fire is put out, and what’s left? Just ashes. They’re not special at all and they get thrown away.

But the ashes on the Mizbei’ach were no regular ashes, and they were not carelessly discarded. These ashes were holy – they were the leftovers of Korbanos brought by Bnei Yisrael.

If the pile of ashes on the Mizbei’ach was very high, this was a clear sign to all that many Korbanos were offered to HaShem. Yes, there were so many people who wanted to connect to HaShem!

During the 3 grand festivals, Pesach, Shavuos and Succos, when Bnei Yisrael would make their pilgrimage to Jerusalem, the Kohanim in charge made sure that the Tapuach would get as high as possible without collapsing. The Mishnah tells us that this pile was actually called Noi Mizbei’ach – the beauty of the Mizbei’ach!

Shazak insight

Holy Rubbish!

Nowadays, we don’t have a Beis HaMikdash with a Mizbei’ach that needs its ashes to be cleaned off. But we do something similar with holy objects we don’t need anymore.

If you have an old worn out Chumash, Siddur, or pages of the Talmud on which holy words of the Torah are written, it is called Sheimos, and it is forbidden to throw it in the trash. It doesn’t matter whether it was handwritten, printed, or photocopied, they are still holy and deserve burial.

After all, a holy object always remains holy and must be treated with the proper respect.

Geared for Kids... Great for Adults!

Geared for Kids... Great for Adults!

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