Tetzaveh (You are to order)

Question: What does this Torah portion deal with? This Torah portion deals with the Kohanim, their selection, their garments, and the inauguration service by which they and their offspring would become confirmed for all time as the special ministers of יהוה. (Chumash)

Exodus 27:20 וְאַתָּה And you will command אֶת־ Children of Israel that they bring you pure olive oil beaten for the light, so that the lamp will burn continuously. 21 In the Tabernacle of the Congregation outside the veil, which is in front of the testimony shall order אֹתֹו it (him), Aaron and his sons will keep it burning from evening to morning before יהוה: it will be a statute forever to their generations מֵאֵת from the Children of Israel. C-MATS

Question: What does the word “command” mean in this verse? The word tetzaveh, “to command”, also means “to connect” and “to bond”. Thus the verse can also be read as יהוה saying to Moses: “And you shall bond with the Children of Israel”. For every Hebrew soul has at its core a spark of the soul of Moses, and we should bond with those who walk in the ways of יהוה. (Chumash)

 Question: How are you like the Menorah? Matt 5:14 You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it gives light unto all that are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.  C-MATS

Question: How was the oil for the Menorah made? The oil was made by pressing each olive gently until only one drop of pure oil emerged. Afterwards, the olives could be crushed and the remaining oil used for meal–offerings. (Chumash)

Question: What do the pressed (crushed) olives symbolize? Just as the olive yields light only when it is pounded, so are man’s greatest potentials realized only under the pressure of adversity. (Chumash)

Question: How can we crush others to bring light? When one speaks crushing words of rebuke, it must be with the sole purpose of enlightening, illuminating, and uplifting one’s fellow brother. Never humiliate and break a fellow-brother. (Chumash)

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