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The Message of the Eternal Flame

The Message of the Eternal Flame

When God instructs the Children of Israel to make the menorah, He tells them to gather oil "for kindling lamps regularly" (Exodus 27:20). Rashi explains that the light was to be lit all night, every night, though not necessarily during...

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Why Was Aaron Chosen to be the High Preist?

Why Was Aaron Chosen to be the High Preist?

When Aaron and his sons were anointed in order to begin serving in the Tabernacle, it transformed their descendants for all time, establishing them as Kohanim (priests) and the only people to perform the Temple service.  It should be...

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The Mystical Powers of the High Priest’s Head-Plate

The Mystical Powers of the High Priest’s Head-Plate

The Torah mandates eight garments for the Kohen Gadol (High Priest). Among them is the golden head-plate, or the tzitz (צִיץ), which was engraved with the words kodesh laHashem (קֹדֶשׁ לַיהֹוָה), ‘Holy to God.’ The word tzitz means ‘to...

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The Enigmatic Breastplate

The Enigmatic Breastplate

Perhaps the most enigmatic element of the clothing of the High Priest was the breastplate, known in Hebrew as the choshen, which was attached to the ephod, or apron, of the High Priest. Made of cloth (wool dyed blue, purple, and crimson)...

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The Many Uses of Olive Oil in Biblical Times

The Many Uses of Olive Oil in Biblical Times

The portion of Tetzaveh begins by telling the Children of Israel to bring pure olive oil for use in the Menorah in the Tabernacle (Exodus 27:20). For normal use, oil is extracted from olives by pressing, but the Torah specifies that in...

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A Table Fit for a King

A Table Fit for a King

When God commanded the Children of Israel to build a Tabernacle for him to dwell among them, he also commanded them to build furnishings. Perhaps the most intricate piece was the golden table, or shulchan, that held the 12 showbreads, and...

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