Posted by: mosesfromsinai | February 22, 2010

Titzaveh – Commandments are our Holy Garments

This week’s Torah portion is Titzaveh.  The Torah discusses the various garments the Kohen Gadol (High Priest) and the Kohannim (Regular Priests) wore during their service in the Temple.

Garments spiritually symbolize the various commandments that we perform, they clothe the soul .  The Torah that we learn is referred to as food for the soul.  In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve initially had no clothes.  They had the commandment to not eat from the forbidden tree.  Thus we find right after they violated that commandment, they saw that they were naked, the clothes of the Mitzvah – not to eat was broken or removed.  The Al-mighty then provided them with physical clothes.

Among the garments the Kohen Gadol wore, was the Tzitz, a golden plate about an inch wide that extended from ear to ear on the Kohen Gadol’s forehead.  Engraved on this golden plate was Kodesh Lahashem, Holy to the Al-mighty.

We are all constantly involved in activities during the course of a day.  Each action should be a positive one, Holy to the Al-mighty.  The way to ensure that this is so is to see that our minds are aware and involved in each of our actions.  The plate on the forehead with the inscription “Holy to the Al-mighty”  serves as a reminder.  Each one of us is sort of a Kohen Gadol, going about in our own Temple, (body, home) serving the Al-mighty in our every day activities.  We need to remember the Tzitz, the golden plate that the Kohen Gadol wore, as we serve our Creator in our day-to-day lives.

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