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Tetzaveh, 3 Adar 5778
February 18, 2018

V'atah tetzaveh...and you shall command. As this week's Parashat opens, Creator tells Moses, "And you shall command the Children of Yisrael that they shall bring olive oil that is clear, crushed, for illumination, to continually light a lamp." This oil had to be clear and crushed, rather than ground and pressed, because crushed is actually the purest form of making olive oil. The Menorah had to remain lit from evening until morning, but the word continually refers to the fact that it was lit every single day. What does this mean to us in our present day, when neither a Mishkan nor a Temple exists? As we spoke about in last week's Torah study, we ourselves must become a temple, a place for the Divine Presence to dwell. We are able to do this through our spiritual transformation. This week's portion now tells us that we shall continually light a lamp. The Torah provides us with the fuel with which to light our lamps. Through the guidance of the mitzvot we can allow those lamps to be kindled continually. We cannot just build a menorah without bringing our own supply of oil. And we can't just expect that reading and studying Torah is enough if we don't translate the lessons into action and transform ourselves into people who care for the welfare of others as we do our own. As we connect to joy in this new month of Adar, may we also learn how to be a continual Light to the world through our actions.

Shavua tov,


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Parashat Tetzaveh
Torah Portion:
Shemot (Exodus) 27:20-30:10

Maftir For Shabbat Zachor:
Devarim (Deuteronomy) 25:17-19

Haftarah For Shabbat Zachor:
Shmuel Alef (I Samuel) 15:2-34
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Zohar Portion
We study the Zohar alongside the Torah.  The reading for the week can be found under the same name as the weekly Torah portion.  Please note that sometimes there is not a corresponding section to the weekly Torah Parasha.
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Next Kabbalah Study...
Our next Kabbalah Study will be on Monday, February 19, 2018. We will talk about the upcoming holiday of Purim.

The Month of Adar
The new month of Adar (Pisces) begins on Friday, February 16, 2018.  For more information about the month of Adar, please click here.

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In order to fulfill the mitzvah of hearing the Megilah Esther, one must hear it at night and during the day.  We will offer two services for Purim, the Purim Evening Service will be on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 8:00 PM EST.  The Purim Morning Service will be on Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 10:00 AM EST. 

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