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Parshat Tetzaveh – Let Out The Light
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Let your light shine! This week, Rabbi Phil Karesh, Director of Education & 12th Grade Specialist for Midwest NCSY, talks about the deeper meaning of menorahs, windows, and even the NCSY logo! Plus, he teaches us what it really means to be a role model.
The Ethics of Holiness
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With Tetzaveh something new enters Judaism: torat cohanim, the world and mindset of the priest. Rapidly it became a central dimension of Judaism. It dominates the next book of the Torah, Vayikra. Until now, though, priests in the Torah have had a marginal presence. For the first time in our parsha we encounter the idea […]
It Takes a Village: The Music of a Community
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In the movie, Mary Poppins, we are introduced to Dick van Dyke’s character, Bert, when he is performing as a “one-man band.” It is fascinating, watching how he plays drums, percussion, accordion, brass… all together and creating a.. a what? Music? Noise? A mere cacophony of sound. One could be forgiven for concluding that Bert’s […]
Holy Clothing
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The chapters immediately preceding this week’s Torah reading contained very precise instructions for building the Mishkan. Now, our attention is turned to those who will serve as the custodians of this holy sanctuary: The kohanim. Parashat Tetzaveh records, in minute detail, God’s instructions for the creation of the special clothing to be worn by the […]
A Disjointed Torah Portion
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And you should make an altar for the burning of incense. You should make it of acacia wood. (Sefer Shemot 30:1)                                               An unexpected encounter with wisdom. Many students of the Torah struggle with Parshat Terumah and Parshat Tetzaveh. These sections of the Torah deal exclusively with the construction of the Mishcan – the Tabernacle – […]