Welcome to the concise,
relevant Weekly Dvar. Since I'm sending out two Emails this week,
I thought it would be appropriate to keep them both short. Happy
Purim, and enjoy...
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Parshat Tzav includes a Passuk (verse) scarcely commented on,
describing how the Kohen (Priest) needs to remove the clothes he
wore when he gathered the ashes of the Olah offering, put on
"other clothing" (6:4) and remove the ashes. Why would a change of
clothing be required for simply walking ashes?
Rashi explains that it's not proper to mix a cup of wine for
one's superior in the same clothing in which one cooked a pot. Rav
Moshe Feinstein points out how the Torah considers the rules of
proper decency and etiquette so important that it included laws to
that effect in the Torah. Being decent and acting properly isn't
just a good idea, it's the law!