𝐏𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐓𝐢𝐭𝐥𝐞: Tetzaveh, Tetsaveh, T’tzaveh, or T’tzavveh (תְּצַוֶּה—Hebrew for “[you] shall command,” the second word and first distinctive word in the parashah) is the 20th weekly Torah portion (פָּרָשָׁה, parashah) in the annual cycle of Torah reading and the eighth in the Book of Exodus. The parashah reports God’s commands to bring olive oil for the lamp (מְנוֹרָה, Menorah), make sacred garments for the priests, conduct an ordination ceremony, and make an incense altar.
📜 𝐏𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐚𝐠𝐞: Exodus 27:20-30:10
🌬 𝐑𝐞𝐟𝐥𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧: One part of this Torah portion that has fascinated people for centuries is the Levite Breastplate with various gemstones on it representing all 12 tribes of Israel. I too have wondered about the purpose of the breastplate and various gemstones on it. Often we think The Holy one does not care about how we look but in this Torah portion we see that Levites were being given explicit and detailed instructions for what they should wear. Tradition states that Levite women would sew the linen garments for the Priest. Remember Levi is a tribe so of course there were women Levites even if they were not priest in the temple. The Holy One cares about beauty and what we put on as we can see from this Torah portion. As I read this week’s Torah portion I remember Ephesians 6 where Apostle Paul urges believers to “to put on the whole Armor of Elohim”, could Paul had been referring back to the practice Levites had of putting on special garments before serving in the temple? What we wear in the natural is important but also what we put on spiritually is very much important if we plan to serve The Holy One.
𝐐𝐮𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧: What are your thoughts on the gemstones included on the Levitical Breastplate? What gemstone is your favorite?
📖 𝐋𝐞𝐭’𝐬 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐰𝐞𝐞𝐤’𝐬 𝐓𝐨𝐫𝐚𝐡 𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧!