Parshas Tetzaveh

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Moshe’s name is omitted from the Parsha

Ba’al Haturim writes that Moshe’s name is not mentioned in this entire Parsha so that his request to “erase me from Your book” was fulfilled in some respect. Therefore, the opening verse of our Parsha does not refer to him by name (Moshe), but simply as “you.”

But how could any part of Torah be “devoid” of Moshe, even in a subtle way? Moshe and the Torah were truly one, to the extent that we refer to the “Torah of Moshe,” and the “Five books of Moshe.” Surely it is unacceptable to “erase” Moshe from the Torah in any manner, even through the relatively minor “omission” of not mentioning his name during an entire Parsha?

However, in truth, Moshe is not erased from this Parsha at all. He is mentioned, though not by name: A name is not the highest aspect of a person. It does not represent a person’s essence. For, ultimately a name is merely an identification tool used byothers. Deep down, a person has an inner self that transcends his name.

So, it turns out that, in our Parsha, Moshe is indeed mentioned. The words “You should command” refer to his essence that ishigher than his name.

(Based on Sichas Shabbos Parshas Tetzaveh 5751)

Some time ago Kol Menachem launched an online classroom for Jews on the go – ‘Torah in Ten’. The series provides weekly insightful conversations on the current Torah portion. The class includes interesting commentaries from renowned historical figures as well as modern views in addition to thought provoking and inspiring questions.Announcing his new idea Rabbi Miller wrote: “In this go, go, go world we live in, it can be difficult to sit down and find time to study the weekly parsha. And when shabbos rolls around, we all wish we had studied more and could contribute to the conversation at the shabbos table. Not to mention our children, don’t we all wish we could provide them beautiful insights into the weekly parsha?”.

‘Torah in Ten’ is now available not only from a computer. Asked by Jewish iPhone Community and many more iPhone users Kol Menachem kindly agreed to change the format of presentation so that weekly portion of ‘Torah in Ten’ was available to be watched on iPhone’s/iPad’s screens. Nu, now then, what kind of excuse will you come up with? Torah in Ten will take place every Thursday, for ten minutes. Let’s sum up with Rebbe’s words: “Our task is solely to illuminate the world with the light of Torah, Judaism and Chassidus”.

“Torah In Ten” videocast by Rabbi Chaim Miller – Parshas Tetzaveh


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