Tetzaveh

Tetzaveh 5771: The Oil of Refuge

February 11, 2011

 ”And you shall command the people of Israel, that they bring you pure beaten oil olive for the light, for the lamp to burn always.”  Exodus 27:20 Olive oil has always been an important substance in this part of the world, providing light, and also providing sensuous pleasure to skin dried out by the...
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Tetzaveh 5766 — Shabbat Zachor

February 3, 2006

Today is Shabbat Zachor, when we are commanded to remember what Amalek did to us—which is to have attacked us from the rear, targeting the women and children. This morning’s Maftir reading tells us that when we come into the land of Israel we must blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven,...
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Tetzaveh 5764 — God is a Verb

February 3, 2004

 The Temple was not a place that had “casual Friday’s.” This week’s parsha, Tetzaveh, tells us of all the finery the High Priest, the Cohen Gadol, would wear while going about his official duties. We learn the details of the breastplate, the ephod, the robe, the embroidered coat, the mitre, and the girdle. We...
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