Parshas Acharei Mos- Kdoshim
This week, a double header (double portion), is filled to the brim with fascinating topics.
One episode of interest, is when the two oldest son's of Aaron the kohen gadol (high priest) were punished for not following the instructions for the temple service. it is clear from all commentaries that they were well meaning people with sincere intentions. So what was so wrong with what they did?
Last week at Partners in Torah, Rabbi Lapin gave the following analogy. Every year, a devoted husband gave his wife chocolates on their anniversary. Finally after ten years of marriage his wife, musters up her courage and says, "Thanks for all the presents, all these years, but I really don't like chocolate". So the next year for their anniversary the husband, remembering how much HE liked chocolate, again bought his wife chocolates.
As silly as this sounds, we all know that when we give to someone we need to think and take into account what THEY would want. We need to do this in our relationship with God as well. We need to be sincere and we need to be interested in what HE wants of us, the same way we should in any other relationship. To not do so shows a lack of care and concern, just as it would in any other relationship.
Have a great Shabbos!