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T'tzaveh

T'tzaveh

[You] Shall Further Instruct
Exodus
27:20−30:10

You shall further instruct the Israelites to bring you clear oil of beaten olives for lighting, for kindling lamps regularly. - Exodus 27:20

Summary: 
  • The children of Israel are commanded to bring pure olive oil for the ner tamid "a constantly burning light," above the sanctuary. (27:20-21)
  • Aaron and his sons, Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar, are chosen to serve as priests. (28:1)
  • God instructs Moses to make special clothes for the priests. (28:2-43)
  • Aaron and his sons are ordained in a seven-day ceremony (29:1-29:46)
  • Aaron is commanded to burn incense on an acacia altar every morning and evening. (30:1-10)

When do we read T'tzaveh?

2018 Feb 24 /9 Adar, 5778

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    We find the initial reference to the ner tamid in this week’s Torah portion, Parashat T’tzavehThe parashah opens with the instructions for creating and maintaining the ner tamid. “You shall further instruct the Israelites to bring you clear oil of beaten olives for lighting, for kindling lamps regularly. Aaron and his sons shall set them up in the Tent of Meeting, outside the curtain which is over [the Ark of the Pact], [to burn] from evening to morning before the Eternal. It shall be a due from the Israelites for all time, throughout the ages” (Exodus 27:20-21).

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