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Shabbat Tetsaveh (Ex. 27:20-30:10)

Courtesy of Julie Seltzer and MyJewishLearning.com

The portion this week continues the instruction on building the Mishkan, the Priesthood and by extension the Israelite community as a whole. We are told about the Ner Tamid – the light which should burn continually (or perhaps eternally, although that’s a subject of discussion). There’s also a mention of the Jewish version of the “Magic Eightball” – The Urim and Thumim – which were said to light up in response to direct questions, so that the High Priest could understand God’s will in times of great national need.

The authors of the “Etz Chaim” translation of Torah make a comment that light is a favorite symbol of God:

“…Perhaps because light itself cannot be seen. We become aware of its presence when it enables us to see other things. Similarly, we cannot see God, but we become aware of God’s presence when we … experience love and the goodness of our fellow human beings.”

SO… limited only by your creativity and the category of food assigned, please bring a “light” food.


Not sure what this Torah portion is about? You can find a brief summary in The Edible Torah’s “Condensed Guide to the Weekly Torah Readings”. For more information on what The Edible Torah is all about, along with insight on how to set up a pot-luck Shabbat experience, check out “The Edible Torah”.

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