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Posted: March 10, 2006 -
יום שישי, י'
really is so much to talk about this week. In addition to the portion
of Titzaveh, Exodus 27:20 - 30:10, it is also Parshas Zachor, the Shabbos
before Purim (Purim is Monday night and Tuesday, March 13 & 14) .
The Parsha deals primarily with the clothes of the High Priest, the Cohen
Gadol. The in depth description is prefaced by two verses that detail
the making of the fine oil for the Menorah. The Torah relates that the
oil had to be “kasis”, hand pressed. They used a device similar to
a garlic press which would allow only one drop of oil to be expressed.
amazed me how oil is extracted from olives. A fresh olive looks like a
marble. Yet with a little applied pressure, oil, its essence, is
produced. The Jewish people are compared to olives. On the
outside we may seem hard and marble-like. If, however, one were to dig
down to the essence of every Jew, they would strike oil. The
interesting thing about oil is that it floats to the top. Jews have a
tendency to float to the top of their civilizations and cultures.
There are more Serbians in the world than there are Jews. How many
Serbian Nobel laureates are there compared to the number of Jewish ones?
we read the story and commandment of annihilating Amelek. Amelek, may
their memory be obliterated, was a Canaanite tribe that attacked the Jewish
people as they left Egypt. They were a much smaller, less armed nation
than the Jews, yet they displayed self sacrifice in their attack, knowing
that they would lose. Their only complaint against the Jewish people
was that they were Jews. Pure anti-Semites with no ulterior motive.
explains why we are so loved by the rest of the world. Being the
“chosen people” comes along with a very heavy responsibility. We have
been singled out by G-d and ever since, been singled out by all of humanity.
be proud of our heritage. We must face our responsibilities with pride and
joy. When Haman attempted to destroy the Jewish people, they united together
as one, and over came the terrible decree.
has always been our strength, and lack of has been our weakness. Let us
celebrate this coming Purim as one and united, by helping another Jew
(charity), hearing the Megilah, giving two kinds of ready to eat foods
(e.g., pastry, fruit, beverage), to at least one friend on Purim day and
have a special festive meal on Purim day.
these four Mitzvahs (commandments), we will be united, and have the strength
to overcome all obstacles and all of our enemies the world over and merit
the ultimate redemption with the coming of Moshiach.
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