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March 5, 2020
Rabbi Eytan Yehudah Dzikowski
Who was the first Cohen Gadol?
וְזֶ֨ה הַדָּבָ֜ר אֲשֶֽׁר־תַּעֲשֶׂ֥ה לָהֶ֛ם לְקַדֵּ֥שׁ אֹתָ֖ם לְכַהֵ֣ן לִ֑י לְ֠קַח פַּ֣ר אֶחָ֧ד בֶּן־בָּקָ֛ר וְאֵילִ֥ם שְׁנַ֖יִם תְּמִימִֽם׃
This is what you shall do to them in consecrating them to serve Me as priests: Take a young bull of the herd and two rams without blemish;
Moshe served as the Kohen Gadol for the inaugural sacrifices from Adar 23rd to Nissan 1st. From Nissan 1st onwards, Aharon and his sons assumed their role as Kohanim for all time.
One of the reasons that we say the prayer of Vihi Noam on motzaei Shabbat is because it is the verse that Moshe recited when he completed the Mishkan.
The Mishkan was completed on a Sunday, which actually begins motzaei Shabbat, making it a perfect time to recite it.
Indeed, the chapter of Tehillim from which Vihi Noam is taken was written by Moshe himself.
(Rashi on Shemot 39:43; Shemot Rabbah 39:43; Rashi on Vayikra 9:23; Tur OC 295; Siddur Rasbash p. 186; Siddur Chassidei Ashkenaz p. 186; Bamidbar Rabbah 12:9, Artscroll)
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