Today’s Aliyah

Dvar Torah for Naso 3rd Aliyah

The Torah describes the restitution to be made for any wrongdoing and ends with a general statement: “A man’s holy things shall belong to him; whatever a man gives to the Kohen will be his” (5:10). However, the statement is vague because it doesn’t specify who the “his” is referring to. If it belongs to the Kohen, that seems obvious, and if it belongs to the donor, how is that possible if he gave it to the Kohen?

Oznayim LaTorah points out that “will be his” is in the future tense, which suggests that the subject is the donor, and explains that the Torah is insightfully observing that giving others, even when required to do so, creates a giving impression that benefits the giver. Although the object is transferred to the Kohen, the act of giving is the donor’s forever. If required giving creates such lasting goodness, how much more valuable is voluntary kindness to others?