Numbers 6:14
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14  As his offering to Hashem he shall present: one male lamb in its first year, without blemish, for a burnt offering; one ewe lamb in its first year, without blemish, for a sin offering; one ram without blemish for an offering of well-being;

v’-hik-REEV et kor-ba-NO la-a-do-NAI KE-ves ben sh’-na-TO ta-MEEM e-KHAD l’-o-LAH v’-khav-SAH a-KHAT bat sh’-na-TAH t’-mee-MAH l’-kha-TAT v’-a-yil e-KHAD ta-MEEM lish-la-MEEM

יד  וְהִקְרִיב אֶת־קָרְבָּנוֹ לַיהֹוָה כֶּבֶשׂ בֶּן־שְׁנָתוֹ תָמִים אֶחָד לְעֹלָה וְכַבְשָׂה אַחַת בַּת־שְׁנָתָהּ תְּמִימָה לְחַטָּאת וְאַיִל־אֶחָד תָּמִים לִשְׁלָמִים׃

 6:14   For a sin offering

The nazirite is someone who takes it upon himself to abstain from wine, from cutting his hair and from contracting spiritual impurity from a dead body. He accepts these voluntary restrictions for the purpose of coming closer to Hashem and elevating himself spiritually. In essence, a nazirite removes himself from the ills of society so that he can remain pure and holy. At first glance, this seems admirable, something to be lauded and emulated. Indeed, the verse refers to the nazirite as “consecrated to Hashem” (verse 8). However, at the completion of his period of abstinence, the nazirite is required to bring a sin-offering. What is his sin? The Talmud (Taanit 11a) explains that while it is important to set aside time to work on oneself and one’s personal growth, the ideal is not to remove oneself from society completely. Rather, we must try to elevate ourselves within society and bring the rest of the world up with us.

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