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Ch. 28, v. 12: "V'samto es shtei ho'avonim al kisfose ho'eifode" - The stones, "avonim," represent the generations, "ovos-bonim." It is the responsibility of the Kohein Godol to shoulder the needs of the people. (Rabbi Chaim of Tchernovitz in B'eir Mayim Chaim)

Ch. 28, v. 32: "V'hoyoh fee rosho" - When one is about to talk, "v'hoyoh fee," he should first apply his head to the words, "rosho," to measure if they should be uttered, and if yes, how they should be expressed. (Rabbi Chaim Mayer of Vizhnitz in Imrei Chaim)

Ch. 28, v. 32: "Fee rosho b'socho" - When one speaks with his mouth, "fee," his head, that which is in his mind, should be "b'socho," his insides and outsides should be in unison, "tocho k'varo." (Rabbi Yisroel of Modzitz in Divrei Yisroel)

Ch. 28, v. 36: "Pituchei chosom kodesh laShem" - One is required to open that which is sealed, latent strength, and sanctify it for Hashem. (Rabbi Nachamon of Breslov in Likutei Mohora"n)

Ch. 29, v. 1: "V'zeh hadovor asher taa'seh lo'hem l'ka'deish" - Not only are your actions, "asher taa'seh," but also your speech, "hadovor" = "hadbur," to be sanctified, "l'ka'deish." (Rabbi Chananioh Yom Tov Lipa of Siget in Kedushas Yom Tov)

Ch. 29, v. 9: "Umi'leiso yad Aharon" - When it comes to physical pursuits there is no complete satisfaction, as he who has 100 yearns for 200, but one can find fulfillment in spiritual pursuits, "u'mi'leiso yad Aharon." (Kedushas Levi)

Ch. 29, v. 27: "V'kidashto es cha'zei" - And you shall sanctify your vision. (Nirreh li)

Ch. 29, v. 35: "OsochoH shivas yomim" - There seems to be an additional letter Hei at the end of the word "osochoH." Just as the additional letter Hei in "yom Hashishi" (Breishis 1:31) teaches us that the continued existence of the world hinged upon the future acceptance of the Torah, so too, it also hinged upon the completion of the Mishkon and the offering of sacrifices. (Rabbi Pinchos Menachem Elozor of Piltz in Sifsei Tzadik)

Ch. 30, v. 7: "B'heitivo es ha'neiros" - The fire symbolizes one's soul. The Kohein cleanses and improves the souls of the bnei Yisroel with this act. (Rabbi Moshe of Boyan in Daas Moshe)

Ch. 30, v. 10: "Kodesh kodoshim hu" - This refers back to Aharon, who is mentioned at the beginning of the verse. When Aharon enters the Beis Hamikdosh on Yom Kippur to do the blood service on the inner altar he reaches an even higher level of sanctity than all year round. Indeed we find that Aharon is called "kodesh kodoshim" in Divrei Hayomim 1:23:13. (Malbim)


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