Today’s Aliyah

Dvar Torah for Tzav 7th Aliyah

After completing the process of initiating the Kohanim, they are instructed to stay for seven days and nights at the entrance of the Ohel Moed and “observe G-d’s command so that [they] will not die…” (8:35). Why would the Kohanim be bound to stay specifically at the tent’s entrance rather than somewhere more comfortable inside? Also, why is the threat of death invoked?

The Chasam Sofer offers a beautiful explanation and suggests that staying at the entrance is symbolic of how we should strive to live our lives: under the assumption that we’re on the way out and never too comfortable. By living fully and meaningfully, our lives become eternal, and death is never a threat.