Posted by: mosesfromsinai | February 17, 2013

Titzaveh – Command

This week’s Torah Reading is Titzaveh. This is also a special week in that we read Zichor – Remember Amalek, the nation that had the chutzpah to attack the Jewish people shortly after they left Egypt. We read this special section the Shabbat before Purim. This year Purim happens right after Shabbat.

In the Torah Reading, at the very end, we read about the Mitzvah – Commandment, of the Kohen Gadol – the High Priest, to sprinkle blood of the sin offering once a year on the Inner Alter. During the year, the Kohen Gadol or a Kohen would burn incense in the morning and then again towards evening on the Inner Alter. This once a year was on Yom Kippur – The Day of Atonement.

There is a play on the Hebrew word Kippur – Atonement, K Purim – Like Purim. On Purim the Jewish Nation was forgiven and the day of darkness and destruction was turned into light and victory.

This perhaps is what the last section in this week’s Torah Reading is hinting at. The commandment to build this Inner Alter and to offer incense twice daily came at the very end. It should have been placed with the other items built for the Inner Sanctuary, The Menorah – 7 branch lamp and the Shulchan – Table for the 12 loaves of challa. The commentators point out that this is placed at the very end because the Inner Alter was used to honour the Al-mighty twice daily by burning the incense.

Our daily actions need to be of a nature that brings honour to the Al-mighty. In this manner the Al-mighty will be proud, to so to speak, to reside amongst us in the 3rd Temple. (May it be built Now).

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