Student Teaching in the New Millenium

Always Be People

In Exodus on February 29, 2012 at 8:43 am

I get up at dawn
and look to the new daylight
with trepidation.

What am I to do?
Where am I to go?
Why do I not look inward?

What is strange worship?

Parsha Tetzaveh

You shall further instruct the Israelites to bring you clear oil of beaten olives for lighting, for kindling lamps regularly. Aaron and his sons shall set them up in the Tent of Meeting, outside the curtain which is over [the Ark of] the Pact, [to burn] from evening to morning before the Lord. It shall be a due from the Israelites for all time, throughout the ages.

Exodus 27.20-21

Does our parsha teach us simply to keep a lamp burning in synagogue all the time? Or is the Torah trying to say something else here? Is the onus of this statement on the Israelites, the priesthood, or both?

Look at Saul in our special Haftarah for Shabbat Zachor (1 Samuel 15.2-34). How does he let the fire go out?


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