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Tetzaveh in a Nutshell

Tetzaveh in a Nutshell

Exodus 27:20–30:10

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G‑d tells Moses to receive from the children of Israel pure olive oil to feed the “everlasting flame” of the menorah, which Aaron is to kindle each day, “from evening till morning.”

The priestly garments, to be worn by the kohanim (priests) while serving in the Sanctuary, are described. All kohanim wore: 1) the ketonet—a full-length linen tunic; 2) michnasayim—linen breeches; 3) mitznefet or migba’at—a linen turban; 4) avnet—a long sash wound above the waist.

In addition, the kohen gadol (high priest) wore: 5) the efod—an apron-like garment made of blue-, purple- and red-dyed wool, linen and gold thread; 6) the choshen—a breastplate containing twelve precious stones inscribed with the names of the twelve tribes of Israel; 7) the me’il—a cloak of blue wool, with gold bells and decorative pomegranates on its hem; 8) the tzitz—a golden plate worn on the forehead, bearing the inscription “Holy to G‑d.”

Tetzaveh also includes G‑d’s detailed instructions for the seven-day initiation of Aaron and his four sons—Nadav, Avihu, Elazar and Itamar—into the priesthood, and for the making of the golden altar, on which the ketoret (incense) was burned.

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February 6, 2014
Very knowledgeable and explains well.
ANNIS Markovitz
Brooklyn NY
February 5, 2014
The bells on the bottom of the High Priest's garment are also warning the people to refrain from speaking Lashon Ha'ra.....
Yael S.
N.J.
January 28, 2014
Great Summaries!
These summaries are great! Thank you for them!
Anonymous
February 22, 2013
Dianas input
Thank you for your input. it makes it easier for me a new convert to understand. I do agree that everything we do, say, feel, and every action done has impact everyday. Thank you again.
Casey
Phoenix, Az
March 2, 2012
Gerson McGreevey
Gerson, Are you still in Wichita? I only ask because I live in Augusta and I am always looking for other Torah observant people!
Barry
Augusta, KS
March 2, 2012
the 12 gemstones
Any thoughts on the connection between this list of 12 precious stones and the 9 in Ezekiel 28?
Shawn
Boston, MA
March 1, 2012
kohen gadol
Rabbi Mordechai Gifter (of the Telshe Yeshiva in Cleveland, 20th century) said that if a righteous man would ever so slightly move one foot several inches, his motion would be heard. This teaches that everything we do, even the seemingly insignificant Mitzvot that we perform, have an impact.

Rabbi Moshe Alshich (Israel, 1508-1593) taught: the bells and pomegranates were placed in alternating fashion: a bell, followed by a pomegranate, followed by a bell, followed by a pomegranate, and so on.

As the Talmud teaches, for every measure of speech one should have two measures of silence. The Torah thus emphasizes that each bell – each sound that a person makes – must be surrounded by two silent pomegranates. "Seyag La'chochma Shetika" – reticence is the safeguard of wisdom
Dianne Mulders
Whangarei, New Zealand
March 1, 2012
High Priest and the Torah scroll
I am not aware of the source of these connections. However here are some things that come to mind:

The Torah is wrapped with a sash, like the priests.

Both the High Priest and the Torah crown have bells attached so that people can know when they are coming and respect them accordingly.
Gerson McGreevey
February 28, 2012
How does this relate
I know that many of the items we use to "dress" the Torah scrolls with are based on things presented here. I will be conducting Friday night Shabbat service at my schul, and would love to point some of these things out - could you give a little detail on that subject?
Derek
Fort Smith, AR
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