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  1. DT Tetzaveh Schein

    What does the well-dressed Cohen Gadol (High Priest) look like? Quite resplendent, according to this week's Torah portion, Tetzaveh. Bearing on his chest the hoshen mishpat (breastplate of judgment) with twelve different minerals, each representing a different one of the tribes of Israel, the high priest is the living embodiment of the commandment of hidur mitzvah, beautifying the mitzvot that connect us to God.

    Halachic Clarification

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/holding-high-jewish-office-do-clothes-make-man

    Posted on: 2016/02/17 - 10:52am

  2. Remembering Amalek text study

    The Torah commands us to “wipe out the memory of Amalek…do not forget!” (Deut. 25) What exactly does “Amalek” represent, and what might it mean to remember (or blot out) that memory? 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/remembering-amalek

    Posted on: 2016/11/17 - 6:16pm

  3. Amalek text study

    The Torah commands us to “wipe out the memory of Amalek…do not forget!” (Deut. 25) But is Amalek an external enemy—or something inside us?

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/remembering-and-blotting-out-amalek

    Posted on: 2016/11/17 - 6:51pm

  4. Tetzaveh Ner Tamid - study sheet

    Rabbi Toba Spitzer explores texts related to the Ner Tamid (Eternal Light) and its symbolism.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/ner-tamid-what-light

    Posted on: 2016/11/17 - 6:55pm

  5. Why Moses Did Not Become A Priest - DT Tetzaveh

    This week's parashah, Tetzaveh, begins with God commanding Moses “And as for you, you shall instruct the Israelites to bring you pure olive oil of beaten olives for lighting, for kindling the Eternal Lamp (Exodus 27:20).” At first glance it does not appear that there is anything unusual or extraordinary about this verse. It is simply God giving Moses another instruction concerning the Mishkan (Tabernacle), just as God instructed him last week on how he was to build it.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/why-moses-did-not-become-priest

    Posted on: 2017/01/31 - 2:37pm

  6. Dress of the High Priest DT Tetzaveh

  7. A D'var Torah for Tetzaveh - DT Eric Mendelsohn

    This Torah portion consists of the ordination of Aaron and his descendants as priests, vast descriptions of the vestments that the priest should wear, and the law of the half-shekel temple tax. This segment was probably rewritten in King Josiah's time, and again during the exile, and again upon the return to conform to what the priests were wearing at that time. Nothing in this parasha of direct relevance to Judaism, even to traditional Jewish practice, survived the destruction of the Temple, though Jews have chosen to dress the Torah in a mimicry of the priestly vestments.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/dvar-torah-tetzaveh

    Posted on: 2017/03/29 - 12:28pm

  8. Tetzaveh / Purim 2021 - Yael Ridberg

    Purim 2020 was the last in-person event celebrated by many Jewish communities around the country before the COVID-19 shutdown. Little did we understand that the essential psychological principle of Purim of hafichut – the reversibility of our world – would come to mean something even more profound than what we had come to expect. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/righting-world-turned-upside-down

    Posted on: 2021/02/26 - 12:28pm