Message And Segula In Each Aliyah – Tetzaveh
Cohen – Pure olive oil, pressed for illumination. Olive oil teaches us that if you push yourself in life beyond your comfort level, you will produce shining achievements! The eight garments of the Kohen Gadol: tunic, robe, apron, breastplate, head-plate, hat, belt, and pants. The garments of Kohanim are called Bigdei Kodesh, garments of holiness, and only while wearing them the Kohanim were allowed to perform the service in the Mishkan. We must treat our clothes as holy: clothes must be modest, for both women and men. They should not be worn to impress others. Through such clothes we will become more holy! Ephod, the apron, had shoulder straps, with a precious stone on each shoulder. The names of the twelve tribes were engraved on them, six on each stone. It was as if all the Jews were present in the Mishkan before Hashem during the service. Segula – To achieve a lot in your life. To be holy through your garments. To look good before G-d.
Levy – Hoshen Mishpat, the breastplate of judgement had twelve precious stones, one for each tribe. Into the Hoshen was placed the Urim v’Tumim – a parchment upon which Hashem’s holy name was written. It provided forgiveness for mistaken judgements by courts, and it answered national representatives when they inquired of G-d. Segula – To judge correctly. To know clearly what path to follow. To understand Torah.
Shelishi – Me’il, the robe, made entirely of Techelet, turquoise wool. It provided forgiveness for negative speech. At the hem it was decorated with golden bells and pomegranates made out of wool thread. The bells announced Kohen Gadol’s approach to Holy of Holies. They teach us to treat others with respect by always knocking before entering, even in our own home. Tzitz, the golden head-plate, was engraved with “Holy to Hashem”. It atoned for improper thoughts. The four garments of ordinary Kohanim: robe, belt, hat, and pants. Segula – Not to speak negatively. To think only positive thoughts. To care for other people’s feelings.
Revi’i – The inauguration of Kohanim and of the Mishkan. Offerings and sanctification of Aharon and his sons. Kohanim immersed in a Mikveh, were anointed with special oil, dressed in the holy garments, and brought offerings. The first offering is a bull for a sin-offering, followed by a ram for an elevation offering. Segula – To dedicate your life to Hashem. To be pure and holy. To convert your home into a Bet Hamikdash.
Chamishi – Continuation of the inauguration procedure. The second ram for an inauguration offering. Its blood was mixed with the anointment oil and sprinkled on the Kohanim and their garments. Its meat was cooked and eaten by Kohanim with bread. The inauguration process was repeated for seven days. Segula – To use your life fully, for holy achievements. That your table should be an altar – eat for the sake of G-d.
Shishi – The Tamid, the daily offering, was offered once in the morning and once in the afternoon. In our times, Shacharit and Mincha prayers replace the daily offering. “I shall rest My Presence in the Mishkan, among the Jewish people, and I shall be their G-d! And they shall know that I am Hashem, their G-d!” Segula – That your home should be a place where Hashem is welcomed. To be aware of Hashem’s existence & presence.
Shevi’i – Description of Mizbach Haketoret, the Golden Incense Altar. It was made of wood, covered with gold. Upon it, the kohanim burned incense every morning and afternoon. It was never used for burning animal offerings. The pleasant smell from this incense perfumed the air of Yerushalayim so much that the women did not need to use any other perfume. Segula – To be more spiritual. To honor G-d with your actions. Not to foul your odor with sins.
Maftir (Devarim 25:17-19) and Haftarah (Shemuel I 15:1-34) – The special Torah reading and Haftarah for Parshat Zachor. This Aliya is the most important reading of the entire year, as it is a Torah obligation to remember Amalek. To remember his evil intent to destroy our present and future, our connection to Hashem, our Torah study, and our commitment to Mitzvot. Jews! Unite in fight! Segula – To learn Torah every free moment. To be in control of all desires. To do kindness day and night. To follow G-d.