High Priest

The Well-Dressed Kohen

02/08/2011

Shabbat candles: 5:07 p.m.
Torah: Exodus 27:20-30:10
Haftarah: Ezekiel 43:10-27
Shabbat ends: 6:08 p.m.

Tetzaveh is wholly devoted to the High Priest Aaron and his children, the priesthood, without even a mention of Moses’ name throughout the reading.

What is most jarring to the modern ear, and especially to those of us who have become accustomed to the informality of Israeli dress, is the painstaking description of the eight special garments of the High Priest and the four special garments of the regular priests.

Shlomo Riskin
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