A Short Shabbat Reflection from the Weekly Parsha by Rabbi Mark Melamut
Parshat Tetzaveh (Exodus 27:20-30:10
Having learned of the plans for the construction and materials needed for the tabernacle, we enter its sacred space. There we find that its light is to burn perpetually (ner tamid), sacrifices are to be carried out, and incense burnt. Most of the description though is of the vestments, the bigdei kodesh (sacred garments) that are to be worn by Aaron and his sons in holy service to God and the people. They are described as garments of honor and beauty, which commentators note are to distinguish them, as well as honor God and inspire the people.
REFLECTION QUESTIONS: Though we don’t personally fulfill these priestly ritual functions today, we are, individually and collectively, a sacred people. How does what we wear reflect this? Can our own wardrobe choices distinguish, honor and inspire?