Monday, February 18, 2013

Tetzaveh-Shabbat Zachor

Tetzaveh, Exodus 27:20 – 30:10
Shabbat Zachor 


Clothes Make The Person

The emphasis on the priestly clothes teaches us the importance of bringing honor and splendor to God and the commandments.


We continue with the theme that defines most of the rest of the Book of Exodus: the construction and institution of the Mishkan, the portable sanctuary that was the place of worship for the Israelites and the House of God among the people during the years of wandering in the wilderness.

Parashat Tetzaveh specifically focuses on the Kohanim, the Priests who perform the rituals and sacrifices on behalf of the people.

Great detailed descriptions are given of the complex ritual garments of the Kohen Gadol (the High Priest--regally resplendent in gold and adornments of precious stones. Details are also given for the seven-day period of sacrifices and rituals required to consecrate the priests for service. The parashah ends with a short description of the golden altar upon which incense was offered and how it too is to be consecrated.
In Focus

Make holy garments for Aaron your brother, for dignity and splendor. (Exodus 28:2)

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