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                              PARSHAT TETZAVEH

Parshat Tetzaveh describes the requirements of the Kohanim who serve in the Sanctuary. The first task was to produce pure olive oil for the light that would burn continually (Shmot 27:20). This light is represented today by the "Ner Tamid" - the eternal light that burns before the Holy Ark in our Synagogue. The people who ministered in the Sanctuary had to be very special individuals.

"V'ata T'daber El Kol Chachmei Lev Asher Melaytiv Ruach Chachma… " And you shall speak to all those that are wise hearted, that which I have filled with the spirit of wisdom..." (Shmot 28:3). Moshe is commanded to select people, who have been given extraordinary gifts from Hashem, to use their talents in the service of Hashem. Artists, craftsmen, people in every field have something unique to contribute to the building of Hashem's dwelling place on earth; you and I do, as well.

Since the ultimate purpose of our existence is to build that Mikdash - that sanctuary for Hashem, the Torah teaches that each of us has a special role to play. Whatever your occupation, or station in life, wherever you are, you have the opportunity to bring holiness to your surroundings. As we are blessed with a great variety of Mitzvot, each of us can express our individuality in the areas most suitable to our talents. Some of us are natural teachers, while others may excel in comforting the sick or supporting charitable causes. We all can transform our homes into holy places where kindness and respect among people invite the presence of Hashem to dwell within.

Kol Tov!  Our best to's all good. Shabbat Shalom, CM


    Our Torah Gem this week talks about the importance of teaching Torah and remaining humble. In your experience, did you find a special teacher who inspired you?


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