Image: Rabbi Ruth Adar admires as Cantor Ilene Keys practices leyning Megillat Esther. Photo by Linda Burnett.
Parashat Tetzaveh (Exodus 27:20 – 30:10) begins with instructions for the oil and the great lamp [menorah] of the Tabernacle. After that, it is concerned with the appointment of Aaron and his sons as Cohanim, priests of Israel, with their vestments and with instructions for their ordination. It concludes with instructions for the altar.
Moreover, this is Shabbat Zachor, the Shabbat immediately before Purim. Purim itself begins at the end of this Shabbat, at sundown on Saturday, March 11. Lots happening – and all of it is reflected in our divrei Torah this week:
What to Wear? by Rabbi David Ackerman
What Costumes Can Reveal by Rabbi Rachel Barenblat
Tetzaveh by Rabbi Seth Goldstein
Purim: A Lesson in Moderation by Rabbi Andy Gordon
Illumined by Love by Rabbi Nina Mizrahi
Clothes Make the Man (or Woman) by Rabbi Jordan Parr
Vashti: A heroine not just for Purim #nastywoman by Rabbi Sylvia Rothschild