Parshas Acharei Mos - Kedoshim 5770
We see something very interesting in this week’s parshe.
Parshas Acharei Mos discusses the avoudo on Yom Kippur. The torah says there that no one should be in the ohel mo-eed when the kohen godol comes there for the avoudo of Yom Kippur.
Chazal understand this to mean that no one should be there not even the angels. The kohen godol had to be there by himself completely.
In the second parshe we find one of the yesodos of the torah: veohavto lere-acho kamocha.
Maybe we can understand this in the following way.
Once a long time ago in history Yaacov ovinu was able to subdue the angel of Esov with the madrego of levado. When he did this he showed that man can be bigger and greater then angels.
What was special was that he did this as levado. He was alone. He had to do this not helped by anyone else. To show that that madrego was really his own.
That same madrego was the madrego the kohen gadol had to have on Yom Kippur.
The torah is revealing us therefore a tremendous yesod. Man who is levado, a real levado, can still have a tremendous influence on this world. The kohen godol achieved selicho umechilo (forgiveness) for whole klal Yisroel, like Yaacov ovinu achieved an eternal kesher for all of klal Yisroel when he fought with the malach.
That was because he showed what the essence of his soul was. When a ben Yisroels real neshomme comes out he is automatically connected to the Jewish people.
Therefore this goes together in a beautiful way with the possuk of veohavto le-re-acho kamocha.
With this we can understand something else.
The torah says that the kohen gadol could not come –bechol es- at any time to kodesh hakodoshim in the bes hamikdosh.
Only on Yom Kippur. Achas bashono. It had to be on a moment which was actually above time not part of the regular seder (arrangement) of things. Only in that way he was able to achieve what he had to achieve on Yom Kippur.
He needed for that one person, the person who went with the goat –the se-ir hamishtaleach to the desert.
Since it was not part of time how did this person have a connection to that time, because he was designated not for the normal time but for this very special moment.
We see that a levado comes to an unique place on a unique moment to achieve something very unique for the whole world.
That is what Yom Kippur was about.