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The priestly vestments …
Like our Shabbat observance …
Honor and glory —
T’tzaveh in almost entirely concerned with the ritual clothing and ordination of the priests. God says the priests’ vestments are “for honor and glory” (לכבוד ולתפארת – l’chavod ul’tifaret). The same words are [...]
Exodus 27:20 to 30:10
The text commands the Israelites to mount a lamp in front of the Ark of the Pact … then describes the vestments of the priest. Even thought the text seems remote, both have an impact on our sanctuaries today.
This week we read the only parsha from the start of Exodus to the end of Torah that doesn’t mention Moses by name [...]
Model of the tabernacle in Timna Park, Israel via Wikimedia Commons
The Tabernacle …
Built with gifts from everyone …
Built by everyone —
This week’s portion consists primarily of a list of the materials and details of the blueprint for building the Tabernacle. It seems tedious at times, but th [...]
Exodus 25:1 to 27:17
Moses asked the Israelites for donations of the materials needed to build a “home for God” … the structure that was also designed to become a powerful reminder of the presence of God in their lives.
God tells Moses to speak to all the Israelite people … all the men and women … and tell them to bring gifts. Moses is to “ac [...]
Do this. Don’t do that …
Last week, ten broad commandments …
This week, some details —
Last week we read about receiving the Ten Commandments amidst fire, clouds and thunder at Sinai. Still at the mountain, the Israelites are now presented with a list of 53 more detailed laws – the name of the portion, “Mi [...]
Exodus 21:1 to 24:15
Torah presents 613 laws. The purpose of most is clear. However, many seem dated or have no practical purpose. How are we to view and practice these laws?
In last week’s text the Israelite people received the Ten Commandments. The parsha ended with God speaking to Moses: “Thus shall you say to the Israelites. You ourselves [...]
Two days to prepare …
Before God descends Sinai …
The Presence revealed —
God said to Moses, “Go to the people and sanctify them today and tomorrow … Let them be ready for the third day; for on the third day God will come down, in the sight of all the people, on Mount Sinai
The people are told when God [...]
Exodus 18:1 to 20:23
God speaks the words of the Ten Commandments…. These Ten statements serve as a preamble for the rules, laws and commandments that will be presented throughout the rest of Torah.
The parsha opens with a meeting between Moses and his father-in-law, Yitro. Moses tells Yitro how God brought the Israelites out of Egypt. The te [...]
Miriam, timbrels …
All of the women, dancing …
“Sing to Adonai” —
Then Miriam the prophetess, Aaron’s sister, took a timbrel in her hand, and all the women went out after her in dance with timbrels. And Miriam chanted for them: “Sing to Adonai, who has triumphed gloriously; Horse and driver [...]
Four Seder Children …
We read about three of them …
In Torah this week —
Parshat Bo includes a description of the Passover observance. Three times reference is made to answering questions children may ask about it. These verses are considered the source for three of the four children in the Haggadah.
The rebel [...]
Exodus 10:1 to 13:16
When the Israelites left Egypt, Torah tells us that they “borrowed” gold, silver, and other valuables from the Egyptians who freely gave. Why were these valuables offered so freely to the departing Israelite slaves?
In last week’s text we learned of the first six plagues which God placed upon the Egyptians. Now the seven [...]