Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Put the Right Foot Forward


Sorry, with a busy week, this got left out last week.

In 8:23 it says:

And he slaughtered [it], and Moses took some of its blood, and placed it on the cartilage of Aaron's right ear, on the thumb of his right hand and on the big toe of his right foot.
And you are thinking to yourself, where are we going with this, right?

The natural question is why these 3 places, and why the right hand?

In olden times, the right side of a person was a side of strength. So naturally Moshe puts the blood on the right side. When you go to a customer you want to put your best foot forward. Sorry, couldn't resist. And naturally you want to shake their hand and be a good listener.

Aaron and his sons were to be the Cohanim, the priests for the people and as such their role was to listen to the people, be strong for them and to support the masses while also being swift to justice.

If you want to be in leadership, you need to lead by listening first and that is what the blood on the ear symbolizes. It touches each part of the Cohen that is important for their roles and to remind them of what is truly important.

Leadership examples come from everywhere and can work for anyone.
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Parsha Tzav in the book of Vayikra Leviticus 6:1 - 8:36



It is said that the Torah or Bible could be interpreted in over 70 ways. More likely these days 100's of ways. In light of this idea, I am writing some posts that bring a business sense to what we can learn on a weekly basis. Enjoy, Shabbat Shalom