Tessaveh-Zakhor – Perasha Synopsis

Perashat Tessaveh outlines the duties and vestments worn by the Kohanim, the children of Aharon, selected by Hashem to serve in the Tabernacle. Hashem commands Bene Yisrael to kindle an eternal light, and to illuminate it with pure olive oil. The followings are the vestments that are worn by the Cohanim as described in the Perasha:

The Ephod – An apron made of gold, turquoise, purple and scarlet wool, and twisted linen. It had two shoulder straps with two onyx stones engraved with the names of the twelve tribes, six on each strap so that Aharon should bear their names for G-D’s remembrance.

The Hoshen Mishpat – A breastplate made of gold, blue and purple scarlet, and fine twined linen. A square divided into 12 smaller squares, each with a stone engraved with the name of a tribe. The stones were: a carnelian, a topaz, a smaragd, a carbuncle, a sapphire, an emerald, a jacinth, an agate, an amethyst, a beryl, an onyx, and jasper, all enclosed in gold settings.

The Me’il – A robe made of turquoise wool. The hem of the garment had pomegranates of blue, purple, and scarlet, and bells of gold between them. The sounds of the bells should be heard when Aharon comes and goes out of the Holy Place.

The Ziz – A plate of pure gold, worn on Aharon’s forehead, with the name of G-D engraved on it.

The Ketonet – A tunic of fine linen.

The Missnephet – A turban of fine linen.

The Abnett – A multi-colored belt.

The Perasha ends with a statement by Hashem; “Through the Tabernacle I will dwell amongst Bene Yisrael, and they will know that I am the L-rd their G-D that brought them forth out of Egypt that I may dwell amongst them”.

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