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The Torah In Haiku: T'tzaveh

The Torah In Haiku: T'tzaveh

The priestly vestments
Like our Shabbat observance
Honor and glory

Parashah T'tzaveh is almost entirely concerned with the ritual clothing and ordination of the priests. God says the priests' vestments are "for honor and glory" (לכבוד ולתפארת - l'chavod ul'tifaret). The same words are in the blessing that follows the Haftarah reading.

Exodus 28:40:

And for Aaron's sons also you shall make tunics, and make sashes for them, and make turbans for them, for honor and glory.

Blessing after reading of the Haftarah:

For the Torah, for the privilege of worship, for the prophets, and for this Shabbat that You, Adonai our God, have given us for holiness and rest, for honor and glory

When we make Shabbat a special day, just as when the priests put on their special ritual attire, we honor and glorify God.

Ed Nickow is a teacher and member of the Board of Trustees at Temple Chai in Long Grove, IL. He blogs at The Torah in Haiku.

Ed Nickow

Published: 2/27/2015

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