20-Tezaveh

וְאַתָּה תְּצַוֶּה׀ אֶת־בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל וְיִקְחוּ אֵלֶיךָ שֶׁמֶן זַיִת זָךְ כָּתִית לַמָּאוֹר לְהַעֲלֹת נֵר תָּמִיד׃

And you shall command the children of Israel that they bring you pure oil of pressed olives for the light,
to cause the lamp to burn continually.

Shabbat

Name

Parasha

Haftora

Brit Chadasha

March 7th, 
2020

Tetzaveh
“Will command”

Exodus 27:20-30:10

1Sam 15:2-34

Phil. 4:10-20
Hebrews 13:10-17

 

Tezaveh Shabbat Zakhor occurs on the Shabbat before Purim, because Haman, the villain of the Purim story, was an Amalekite. The Book of Esther describes Haman as an Agagite, that is, a descendant of Agag, King of the Amalekites, who was spared by Saul contrary to Divine commandment in the haftarah portion.

It is a well-known observation that, from the beginning of Exodus until the beginning of Deuteronomy, there is not a Parashah in which Moses is not mentioned, except for Parashat Tetzaveh. This Parasha focuses on the operation of the Mishkan- Tabernacle- that will unite the people with God and the path of Spiritual live given by His commandments that will bring an awareness and will open the people to be comfortable hearing God's voice.

A commandment  is a moment of encounter with the ever-renewing  God's Presence as it echoes through this new generations who learning to live by God’s principles.

God's commands to bring olive oil for the lamp, to make sacred garments for the priests, to conduct an ordination ceremony, and to make an incense altar.

The expression, Tetzaveh, “will command” is used where there is special emphasis to be laid on the seriousness and importance of a duty which is mandatory and also for all time, and above all, where it is a question of sacrificing material wealth for spiritual ends, the profit of which does not seem to be immediately apparent . . . The oil of the nation is to be offered for the light of Torah; the menorah represents the tree of the national spirit, not solely that of the priests. It is highly characteristic that it is only the daily provision of the means for obtaining light, and the conditioning of the lamps and wicks to produce a clear light that is the realm of the priests. The actual lighting might, if necessity arose, be performed by a layman.