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Ch. 27, v. 20: "L'haalose ner tomid" - Elevation of the soul, "ner Hasher nishmas odom," requires one to have Hashem in mind, "Shivisi Hashem l'negdi SOMID." (Rabbi Avrohom Yaakov of Sadigura in Knesses Yisroel)

Ch. 28, v. 2: "V'osiso vigdei kodesh" - And you shall make even those who rebel against Me, "b'go'dai," into holy people. (Nirreh li)

Ch. 28, v. 3: "Chachmei leiv asher mi'leisov ruach chochmoh" - Only those who realize that I have filled them with wisdom, and that it is not their own accomplishment, are truly "chachmei leiv." (Rabbi Sholo-m of Koidinov in Divrei Sholo-m)

Ch. 28, v. 7: "Shnei k'tzosov v'chubor" - The human body is very physical and has a strong drive for many lusts. The "neshomoh" is very spiritual and desires only spirituality. It is man's job to take his two extremes, "k'tzosov," and merge them, "v'chubor." (Nirreh li)

Ch. 28, v. 30: "V'nosoh Aharon es mishpat bnei Yisroel al libo" - The heart feels all the body's maladies. So too, the Kohein Godol is supposed to feel all pains and difficulties of the bnei Yisroel and pray for the well being of the nation. This is the intention of our verse. Aharon is to carry the "mishpot," the afflictions of the bnei Yisroel, on his heart. (Rabbi Chaim of Tchernovitz in B'eir Mayim Chaim)

Ch. 28, v. 32: "Fi rosho b'socho" - My mouth, the head should be in it. I should think before I speak. (Nirreh li)

Ch. 28, v. 36: "Tzitz zohov tohore" - Your look should be pure gold, and not tainted by viewing improper things. (Nirreh li)

Ch. 28, v. 37: "P'sil t'chei'les" - Rashi d.h. "Naftu'lei" (Breishis 30:8) brings in the name of Menachem ben Soroke that the word means attachment, while Rashi himself prefers to say it means bent in intense prayer. We can thus say "One should attach himself to Hashem to the point of expiring, "kalos nefesh," (Menachem ben Soroke), or "one should pray with such intensity to the point of expiring" (Rashi). (Nirreh li)

Ch. 28, v. 38: "V'hoyoh al meitzach" - The word "v'hoyoh" is made up of the same letters as Hashem's Holy four-letter Name. This should always be upon one's forehead, as per the verse "Shivisi Hashem l'negdi somid." (Rabbi Chaim Mayer of Vizhnitz in Imrei Chaim)

Alternatively, "v'hoyoh" is an expression of joy. This should always be upon one's face. (Nirreh li)

Ch. 29, v. 25,26: "LaShem, V'lokachto es hecho'zeh" - You shall take your vision only for service of Hashem. (Nirreh li)

Ch. 29, v. 42: "Asher ivo'eid lochem shomoh" - Rashi brings two opinions. Either the voice of Hashem emanated from the top of the outer altar or from the top of the "kapo'res," the Holy Ark's cover. There are those whose main stress in serving Hashem is through prayer, which is in the place of sacrifices. To them the voice of Hashem emanates from the top of the altar. Those whose main service of Hashem is through diligent Torah study, the voice of Hashem emanates from the top of the cover of the Holy Ark, where the "luchos" reside. (Nirreh li) (See Meshech Chochmoh)


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