Naso 5770

Posted on March 23, 2011

by Emily Mostow

This week, we read parshat Naso. In Naso, we receive the laws of the Nazir, as it says: “Hashem speaks to Moshe, saying, ‘Speak to B’nai Yisrael and say to them, a man or a woman who shall set him/herself apart by taking a nazirite vow to set him/herself apart to Hashem” (Bamidbar 6:1-2). In other words, G-d is telling Moses that any member of B’nai Yisrael, male or female, can choose to be a Nazir and separate him/herself to G-d.

What’s the catch? There are some extra laws involved, which Hashem goes on to list in verses 6:3-21. Some of these include abstaining from alcohol, shaving, and coming into contact with the dead, as well as bringing some extra sacrifices.

Why would someone become a Nazir? We don’t have literal Nazarim today, in post-Temple times. However, many of us can relate to this idea of separating ourselves to G-d, l’hazir l’Hashem, by holding ourselves to a higher standard.

In USY, we have the Heschel Honor Society. Like the Nazirim, Heschel members choose to commit to living by extra rules. Hashem did not command everyone to do be Nazirim, but gave us the option. USY, I implore you to take any opportunity you get to separate yourselves to G-d. Whether it is joining Heschel, going to shul, or doing a SA/TO project, l’hazir l’Hashem, to separate yourself to G-d, is incredibly rewarding. Shabbat Shalom!