Thursday, January 31, 2008

Mishpatim: temporary positions

Parshas Mishpatim

In 24:14 it says, "והנה אהרן וחור עמכם מי בעל דברים יגש אליהם" - Behold Aharon and Hur are with you. Whomever is part of a dispute should approach them.

Moshe was not going away for a long time. He was going for 40 days. Couldn't they just wait until he got back if they would need a beis din? They probably would have no need for it anyway, because "theyw ere all camped as one" - they were not fighting.. so whyw as it so important for Moshe to appoint Aharon and Hur as the people in charge?

A leader cannot leave things vague.

If Moshe was away and was needed, it would create chaos among the people. He had to be very careful to appoint replacements, even though his departure is only temporary and short-term. Even if just for appearance sake, so the people would know that they have not been abandoned.

A leader has to make sure the people are taken care of, and he has to make sure the people feel they are being taken care of.


Eliya said...

What you said did not work: they killed Hur and Aaron made a pseudo-G-D

Moshe as ha novi, would certainly forsee that, unless, you say, they made a pact with Shehina, to withhold information from Moshe, unlikely - the need arose after 'ki boshesh Moshe'

Tsadikim, as we know, can see from one end of the world to another, and that means time: events and their ordering.

What is going on here?

Rafi G said...

I do not know what you are referring to - nobody killed Aharon, ever. He died later on Rosh Chodesh Av on Hor HaHar. At the end of Sefer Bamidbar, right before they went into the Land of Israel. He was afraid they would kill him by the story of the Egel, but they did not because he assisted them. Hur, I do not know what happened to him.

A Navi does not foresee teh future. He sees what Hashem shows him. Sometimes he sees the future and soemtimes he does not. Siometimes he sees specific incidents and sometimes he does not