Someone’s Got to Clean the Toilet- Spirituality in the Dirty Work

Parsha Bamidbar is funny. It is like a statistic sheet. It is a reading of how many people in each tribe. How the tribes line up around the Mishkan and finally the labor involved in carrying the mishkan by the Leviiim. It is hard to find something spiritually charged in all this. The Shikkerdovid found inspiration in one pasuk which is kind of strange when talking about getting the copper altar ready to be packaged and moved: Chapter 4 verse 13

“And they shall removes the ashes from the Altar (copper) and spread a garment of purple wool over it.

Why does the Torah tell you that before you move the altar, the dirt must be removed. Isnt that obvious that holy objects must be pristine clean at all times. The Torah is telling you that even the dirty work has value and is worth being mentioned. The Torah finds it noteworthy that even cleaning the altar gets recognition. The most mundane acts can be holy and valued. One need not get the greatest Kibud to be holy. The SHikkerdovid often says, “somone has to clean the toilet” which means, someone must do the dirty work for a project to succeed or a spiritual mission to be realized.

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2 Responses to Someone’s Got to Clean the Toilet- Spirituality in the Dirty Work

  1. Emuna Daily says:

    I love it. Welcome back shikker dovid.

  2. Jonathan Field says:

    Few understand this concept better than the ShikkerDovid. He realizes more than most that there is a need to sometimes get our hands dirty to do what’s right.

    Sent from my iPhone


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