Parashah Roundup: Tetzaveh 5768

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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
  • About Gil Student

    Rabbi Gil Student is the Editor of, a leading website on Orthodox Jewish scholarly subjects, and the Book Editor of the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Action magazine. He writes a popular column on issues of Jewish law and thought featured in newspapers and magazines, including The Jewish Link, The Jewish Echo and The Vues. In the past, he has served as the President of the small Jewish publisher Yashar Books and as the Managing Editor of OU Press. Rabbi Student has served two terms on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America and currently serves as the Director of the Halacha Commission of the Rabbinical Alliance of America. He serves on the Editorial Boards of Jewish Action magazine, the Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society and the Achieve Journal of Behavioral Health, Religion & Community, as well as the Board of OU Press. He has published five English books, the most recent titled Search Engine volume 2: Finding Meaning in Jewish Texts -- Jewish Leadership, and served as the American editor for Morasha Kehillat Yaakov: Essays in Honour of Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.

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