Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Parashah Roundup: Tetzaveh 5768

by Steve Brizel

Bringing the Shechina into Our Midst

  • R. Yaakov Haber (Torahlab) underscores the importance that a shul, as well as the Mishkan, must serve as a place for the Divine Presence and not for ourselves: link

  • The Absence of Moshe Rabbeinu
  • R. Jonathan Sacks and R. Zev Leff explain why Moshe Rabbeinu is absent from this Parsha: link 1, link 2

  • Pure Olive Oil and Pure Hearts
  • R. Efraim Buchwald suggests that the halacha of pure olive oil should inspire more of us to have a pure heart with a flame for Torah and Mitzvos if we are to reach the not yet observant members of Am Yisrael: link

  • Click here to read moreRav Saadyah Gaon's Understanding of “Shesh”
  • Dr. Zohar Amar explores R Saadyah Goan's unique understanding of Shesh and its origins: link

  • Priestly Clothing and Jewish Attire
  • R. Yaakov Haber (formerly of RIETS and now a rebbe in several yeshivos and seminaries in EY) expounds upon the goals of the Bigdei Kehunah: link
  • R. Berel Wein suggests that Bigdei Kehunah and the clothing worn by different sociological sectors of Am Yisrael both “make a person” and serve as a uniform: link
  • R. Efraim Buchwald argues that while Bigdei Kehunah stressed the importance of the role of a Kohen, we should err on the side of caution before judging someone's commitment to Torah observance solely by their clothing: link
  • R. Yissachar Frand points out that the requirement of “Lchavod Ulisaferes” with respect to the Bigdei Kehunah served as a reminder of the uniqueness of the role of Kohanim: link
  • R. Shlomo Riskin emphasizes the gravity of the decisions rendered by the Kohen Gadol which was in no small part dependent on his wearing the Bigdei Kehunah: link

  • Dry and Liquid Measures--“Mlo Hin”
  • R. Mordecai Kornfeld discusses the halachic significance of a Hin with respect to a very difficult Mishnah in Eduyos as well as the unique position of Beis Hillel: link

  • Kodesh LaShem
  • R. Michael Rosenzweig explores the special and unique role of the Tzitz. link

  • The Korban Tamid
  • R. Aharon Lichtenstein suggests that the Karban Tamid underscores the importance of a steady commitment to Torah, as opposed to relying on celebrations, pinnacles and peaks: link
  • R. Yitzchak Etshalom explores the halachic and hashkafic requirements of Tadir and Mkudash that are implicated in the Tamid: link

  • The Mizbeach HaKtores
  • HaKtav VhaKabbalah (as prepared by R. Eliezer Kwass) discusses the views of other Rishonim and Acharonim as to where and why the Mizbeach HaKtores is located in the Parsha: link
  • R. Michael Rosenzweg provides insight into the purpose of the Mizbeach HaKtores and why it is discussed in this Parsha link

  • The Purposes of Ktores
  • R. Avigdor Nevenzal discusses the relationship between Ktores and Achdus: link

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