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Chumash Classes: Tetzaveh

Chumash Classes: Tetzaveh, Part 1
Introducion to the portion of Tetzaveh
Chp. 27 verses 20 & 21: Introducion, oil was needed for the lamp. What the western lamp represented. Who it was for. Why the purest oil was used for burning and not eating. The menorah had to be placed in front of the curtain of the Holy of Holies. An everlasting statute on behalf of the children of Israel forever.
Chumash Classes: Tetzaveh, Part 2
The vestments of the priesthood
Chp. 28 verses 1 - 5: The vestments, Hashem commanded Moshe to induct Aaron and his sons into the priesthood with the same feelings of joy that he felt when Moshe had been chosen to be the leader of the nation. He was to instruct the wise-hearted artisans to make clothing that would be for both splendor and beauty. Aaron would wear them when he would minister before Hashem. The clothing consisted of the: breastplate, an ephod, the robe, a knitted tunic, a turban, and a sash. The pants and the head band would be mentioned later. Eight garments all together. They were to made out of gold, sky blue, dark red, and crimson wool, and the linen.
Chumash Classes: Tetzaveh, Part 3
The Ephod and the Chosen Mishpat
Chp. 28 verses 6 - 21: The Ephod, (the apron) it's material and how it was constructed. The two onyx stones that were worn on the shoulder of the high priest and the names that were embossed on them. The Chosen Mishpat (the breastplate of judgment) was made up of the same material as the Ephod. It was square and folded over. On it were the four rows of precious and semi precious stones and on them were embossed the names of the twelve tribes, the names of the three forefathers, and the words "Shev tey Yeshurun." There were six letters on each of the stones for a total of seventy two letters.
Chumash Classes: Tetzaveh, Part 4
Description of the "Chosen Mishpat" the breastplate
Chp. 28 verses 22 - 35: Description of the "Chosen Mishpat" the breastplate and how it was connected to the "Ephod," the apron. All the names of the tribes of Israel were engraved into the stones of the breastplate. It was folded in half and on the inside was placed the ineffable name of G-d, which was called the "Urim VeTummim." This name was the power which caused the letters on the stones to light up. The "Me'il" the robe, was completely blue with pomegranates that were made of blue, purple, and scarlet thread on its skirts. In addition there were golden bells between them all around. A bell and a pomegranate all around the edge of its skirt.
Chumash Classes: Tetzaveh, Part 5
The "Tzitz" head band
Chp. 28 verses 36 - 43 & Chp. 29 verses 1 - 2: Continues with clothes worn by the High Priest. The "Tzitz" head band made out of pure gold with the words, "Holy to the L-rd" engraved on it. It was connected by blue threads connected to the cap that the High Priest wore. Moshe was commanded to dress Aaron and his sons in their priestly garments. Afterwards It mentions the linen pants that all the priest wore to teach us that although Moshe dressed them, they came to him wearing their linen pants. Chapter ends with the command that they should wear these special clothing whenever they would minister before G-d in the Temple or Tabernacle so that they would not die.
Chumash Classes: Tetzaveh, Part 6
The consecration of Aaron and his sons into the priesthood
Chp. 29 verses 3 - 37: Continues with the consecration of Aaron and his sons into the priesthood. They went to the Mikvah. Then Moshe dressed Aaron and anointed him with oil. He then dressed his sons. They all placed their hands on the ox and they confessed their sins and then they sacrificed the ox. the instruction for future high priests that would succeed Aaron.
Chumash Classes: Tetzaveh, Part 7
The consecration of the Alter
Chp. 29 verses 39 - 46 & Chp. 30 verses 1 - 10: The consecration of the Alter. The continual burnt offering; two sheep, one sheep the first sacrifice brought in the morning and the second one the last sacrifice brought in the afternoon. They were accompanied with a meal offering and a wine libation. With this sacrifice Hashem promised that His presence will dwell among the children of Israel.
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