Temperamental Drink

In Pinchas, this week’s Torah portion, we read about all of the sacrifices. Starting with the Tamid, daily sacrifices, through the Shabbat, Rosh Hodesh, and all of the festivals we learn about all of the offerings. There about  the Tamid sacrifice we read;

And the drink-offering thereof shall be the fourth part of a hin for the one lamb; in the holy place you shall pour out a drink-offering of strong drink to the Lord. (Numbers 28:7)

What is this ” strong drink ” and why does this sacrifice need it?  On this Rashi  writes,” This is wine that intoxicates,to the exclusion of wine that comes directly from the wine-press. This daily sacrifice needs fermented wine, and not just grape juice. But what is the significance of fermented over juice?

I think it is interesting to realize that you cannot just whip up some wine. Fermentation demands preparation. Passover is s holiday during which we commemorate our not having planned ahead. We did not leave time for the bread to ferment. We procrastinated and now we are left with Matzah. In many respects I believe that we are the procrastiNation. In contrast to the Matzah, with the daily sacrifice they were instructed to make the needed preparation. To me it seems like an interesting lesson in the importance of planning ahead.  In terms of planning all I can say is that I married well. I know that my personal temperament is to shoot from the hip, but I know that this is something that I need to work on every day. For me planning is a daily sacrifice.


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