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Parshas Naso: Queen Victoria, Montefiore, and Real Wealth
In 19th century England there lived a famous Jewish philanthropist Sir Moses Montefiore. Queen Victoria once asked him , "What is the extent of your wealth? How much do you own?" Sir Moses told her it would take a few days to do some accounting, and afterwards, he would reply. When Sir Moses told her his wealth she became upset saying,"This is offensive: Everyone knows that you have far greater wealth." Sir Moses explained that he considered as his true wealth whatever money he gave to Tzedakah. Anything else that he possessed was only temporary and could be confiscated or lost.
In this week's parsha the pasuk says "Vechol Terumah LiChol Kodshei Bnei Yisroel Asher Yakreevoo LaKohen Loi Yihyeh". "And every portion from any of the holies that the Bnei Yisroel will bring to the Kohen shall be his". The words "Lo Yihyeh" - "will be his" in the Pasuk seem superfluous. With the phrase,"Lo Yihyeh" - "will be his"- the Torah is emphasizing that people should always consider their monetary wealth as temporary, and whatever one gives to charity "will be his"- his real wealth that will remain with him forever.
Haftorah Naso: How can Parents Raise A Shimshom HaGibor?
Manoach's wife tells him that she met a Malach who said she will have a baby that must keep all the laws of Nezirus. Manoach unsure what this all means davens that the malach should come again and explain him what to do. The Malach returns and tells him exactly what he told his wife. Why did this satisfy Manoach?
Rav Shimon Schwab explains from a close reading of the grammar of the pasukim we see that Manoach was asking how parents can raise such a holy child. He was not asking what Shimshon must do. That he already heard from his wife. What he wanted to know was what "he the father" must do to successfully raise his Nazir son.
To this the Malach explains him rule number one in raising children "personal example". He told Manoach that although he is not a Nazir he must keep all the laws of Nezirus if he expects young Shimshom to do so as well.
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