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Parashat T'tzaveh (March 3, 2012)
by Leah Kadosh

THIS WEEK’s TORAH PORTION, T’tzaveh, is actually a continuation of last week’s parshah, T’rumah, in which God relays the instructions for the building of the Tabernacle (Mishkan) and the design of the priestly vestments. In the weeks leading up to T’rumah and T’tzaveh, the Israelite population witnesses and greatly benefits from God’s divine power and protection on several different occasions and seems to have been provided enough physical proof that the one and only God is very much with them and among them at all times. After God delivers the Israelites out of bitter slavery, the people experience firsthand the miraculous parting of the Reed Sea; their prayers of hunger and thirst are fulfilled upon receiving nourishment in the wilderness; and they are blessed with the granting of the Ten Commandments in addition to other laws. They then are left alone with Aaron, as their leader Moses is commanded to ascend Mount Sinai and remains there for 40 days and 40 nights. (Exodus 24:18)

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