Questions for the Week of Parshas Nasso/Beha'aloscha
Food For Thought
May one use a toilet freshener that colors the water on Shabbos?
What about wearing photogray lenses on Shabbos?
Is one permitted to prepare a saline solution on Shabbos?
Are there any limitations as to salting vegetables on Shabbos?
Answers coming next week.
Vort on the Parsha
The halacha is that only people who are thorim spiritually clean can offer and partake of the Korban Pesach. As there were some men who felt left out by not being able to participate because they were unclean by reason of contact with a corpse, they approached Moshe Rabeinu asking as to why they were barred from partaking in the korban.
The reply they received from Hashem was the parsha of Pesach Sheini.
We must realize that Hashem did not invent Pesach Sheini because it was asked for. Rather Hashem only granted the mitzvah to them because they felt a tremendous loss at being left out and not being able to participate in the great Mitzvah.
This is the correct attitude to the mitzvos. Not to feel that hurrah - I am exempt from a certain mitzvah, but to the contrary, missing a mitzvah is a great loss.
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