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Tetzaveh in a Nutshell

Tetzaveh in a Nutshell

Exodus 27:20–30:10


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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March 10, 2017
The clothing obligations are so detailed! If you were a priest and wore something different would god punish you? Have a great day everybody!
Vivienne Rachmansky
District 12, Panem
March 9, 2017
This is so very interesting!
Michael D'Antonio
February 17, 2016
this helped
West Hartford CT
March 1, 2015
Now I know where the disco bell bottoms and butterfly colors came from.I am a 70's favorite son was 'staying alive'.wow!!it always was cool to be colorful.thank God for making feel better about my self.amen
February 27, 2015
i like this parsha
bob the unicorn
February 23, 2015
It would be good to hear your Torah summations read on morning radio shows.
Rod Koozmin
Frederick Md
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.
January 28, 2014
Great Summaries!
These summaries are great! Thank you for them!
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.
Phoenix, Az