Tetzaveh

Tetzaveh is the twentieth reading from the Torah. Tetzaveh (תצוה) means “You shall command.” The first verse of the reading says, “You shall [command] the sons of Israel, that they bring you clear oil of beaten olives for the light, to make a lamp burn continually” (Exodus 27:20). This portion continues to narrate the instructions for the construction of the Tabernacle. It focuses on the priesthood that was to serve in the sanctuary. The Israelites are instructed to make special garments for Aaron and his sons to wear while ministering as priests. After describing the priestly garments, the portion concludes with instructions for the ritual inauguration of Aaron and his sons into the priesthood.

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