Dvar for Naso (Numbers 4:21-7:89)
Parshat Naso delineates the Terumah (tithe) that goes to the Kohen, and that the tithe “brought to the Kohen shall be his” (5:9-10). However, the word “his” is ambiguous, as it can refer to the Kohen or the donor. While it’s clear from the context and commentaries that the tithe does belong to the Kohen, why would the Torah use a vague term to express this rule?
While Rashi quotes an explanation that the donor has the discretion to whom the tithe goes (hence the term “his” to control), Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky suggests a fantastic and relevant perspective. He explains that while the donation belongs to the Kohen, the act of giving is forever the donor’s. The more we give to others, not only do we benefit them, but we ourselves become better people as givers, and the self-improvement is everlasting.