December 17, 2018 |

Tetzaveh

Presences and Absences

It takes a fair amount of work to see the things that are right in front of us. There are so many competing demands for our attention that we sometimes just send stuff to the spam folder. Who can pay attention to every email, advertisement or headline that is shouted in our direction? We would be...

Parshat Tetzaveh: Walkthrough

[God continues His soliloquy. Quotes are implied in every paragraph.] Now you go tell the Israelites to get pure olive oil to light the menorah. They should set it up in the Tent, outside the Curtain which was on the Covenant, set up there before God all night long, for all time, on behalf of...

A New Vision for the Temple Mount

I have been to Jerusalem many times. So many times that I have lost count. But on my recent trip to Israel, I found myself in a new part of Jerusalem which I had never been to before. I drove from my hotel in the center of Jerusalem (with Danielle Frum a member of our synagogue), a short ten...

My Weekly Drash (a mini D'var Torah) - Tetzaveh (2)

In Parshah Tetzaveh Aaron and his sons are selected as Cohanim (Exo. 28:1), "You shall bring forward your brother Aaron, with his sons, from among the Israelites, to serve Me as priests.." The ancient world placed a lot of value on lineage, and we still do to some extent today. Yet even with...

My video divrei Torah on parasha Tetzaveh from Youtube.com by Rabbi Jonathan Ginsburg

Parasha Tetzaveh Exodus 27 Ner Tamid Priests JewU 365 Oh God light my fire-the ner tamid in Judaism JewU 371 Clothes make the man-what the High Priest wore JewU 370

My Weekly Drash (a mini D'var Torah) - Tetzaveh

Parshah Tetzaveh is one of those sections where your eyes may glaze over as it spells out in detail the decorations and accoutrements of the Tabernacle. Sometimes you have to dig deep to find something of relevance to today. In fashioning the priestly robes, we learn that on the shoulder pieces of...

7 Lbs, 6 Oz, and 50 Cubits

Tonight, in honor of our Shalom Zachar for the son born to Penina & myself this past Wednesday morning, I wanted to find something in the parsha that would be interesting to talk about, and relevant to my newfound role as father of 2 sons. But then I realized it was Parshat Terumah. Parshat...

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