Torah E-Thought: To the power of 60
 
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Torah Portion: Tetzaveh
 
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Dear Friend,


This year we are lucky to have two months of Adar, but that doesn’t mean you need to wait to book in your Purim! See details about Purim in the Jungle here.


There are still places at JLI’s upcoming course Crime and Consequence. You can read more about it here.


Wishing you a Good Shabbos,

 

Rabbi Eli Pink
Director of Education
Chabad Lubavitch Leeds

 

The month of Adar is a season of joy and good fortune. The start of the celebration from the beginning of the month, however, “from when Adar arrives,” seems somewhat premature. After all, the victory over our enemies in the Purim story took place only on the 13th of the month, meaning that for the first 12 days of Adar the Jews were still at great risk of being decimated. And if the celebration is due to the permission that was granted for the Jews to defend themselves, this permission was granted nine months earlier, hence the start of Adar marked no significant change in their status. Why does the Talmud declare that the entire month of Adar is a time to be joyous and a
season of good fortune?


In addition to Purim, however, there is another great event that we know impacted the entire  month of Adar—the birth of Moses. The Talmud relates that when Haman was drawing lots to determine a date for his plot to annihilate the Jews, he rejoiced greatly when the lot fell on the
month of Adar, saying, “The lot has fallen for me on the month in which Moses died.” What Haman did not know, concludes the Talmud, was that Moses was also born in the month of Adar.


We thus see that the birth of Moses on the seventh of Adar produced not one series of miracles—the Redemption from Egypt that Moses led—but two. For the miraculous salvation of the Jews in the story of Purim, was due, according to the Talmud, simply to the ‘chance’ occurrence of Haman’s plot in the same month as Moses’ birth. Hence, it is not the Purim miracle on the thirteenth of Adar that makes the entire month special; it is Moses’ birth on the seventh. Moses’ birth in this month makes every day of the month of Adar ‘propitious for miracles,’ making every single day of this month a reason to celebrate.

A month on the Jewish calendar includes either 29 or 30 days (reflecting the 29.5-day month in the lunar cycle). But every two or three years Adar doubles in size: in a leap year there a 30-day "Adar  I"& followed by a 29-day "Adar II." In addition, 30th of Shevat is also the first day Rosh Chodesh Adar I.This makes for a total of 60 "Adar days."

The Lubavitcher Rebbe points out that the number 60 represents the power of transformation. A rule-of-thumb in Torah law is the ‘nullified by sixty’ principle. For example, if a drop of milk accidentally falls into a pot of meaty food, the undesirable element is ‘nullified’ if the desirable element is sixty times greater than it.


Thus, the Rebbe concludes, in a year blessed with a double, 60-day Adar, all undesirable elements —any cause for pain, sadness, discouragement or dejection — are nullified and sublimated by the
transformative joy of Adar.

 
 
 
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Parshah in a Nutshell

Parshat Tetzaveh

G‑d tells Moses to receive from the children of Israel pure olive oil to feed the “ everlasting flame” of the menorah, which Aaron is to kindle each day, “from evening till morning.”

The priestly garments, to be worn by the kohanim (priests) while serving in the Sanctuary, are described. All kohanim wore: 1) the ketonet—a full-length linen tunic; 2) michnasayim—linen breeches; 3) mitznefet or migba’at—a linen turban; 4) avnet—a long sash wound above the waist.

In addition, the kohen gadol (high priest) wore: 5) the efod—an apron-like garment made of blue-, purple- and red-dyed wool, linen and gold thread; 6) the choshen—a breastplate containing twelve precious stones inscribed with the names of the twelve tribes of Israel; 7) the me’il—a cloak of blue wool, with gold bells and decorative pomegranates on its hem; 8) the tzitz—a golden plate worn on the forehead, bearing the inscription “Holy to G‑d.”

Tetzaveh also includes G‑d’s detailed instructions for the seven-day initiation of Aaron and his four sons— Nadav, Avihu, Elazar and Itamar—into the priesthood, and for the making of the golden altar, on which the ketoret (incense) was burned.

 
 
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Tefillin will be provided for those who need and women are also welcome.
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