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March 18, 2013 / conservadox

Dvar Torah- Tzav

This week’s Torah portion contains directions for sacrifices, and introduces us to the initiation ritual for the Tabernacle.  The Torah mentions that Moses put various forms of ritual clothing on Aaron (Lev. 8:7-8)- in particular, the same kind of clothing mandated at Exodus 28.

Levine notes that both the efod (a kind of vest) and breastplace (another vest-like item containing one gem for each Hebrew tribe) were made of wool and linen.  Why is this significant?  One of the hardest-to-understand mitzvos of the Torah is the prohibition on other Israelies wearing wool and linen together (Lev. 19:19).  So perhaps this prohibition means “wool and linen are reserved for the High Priest, and we don’t want other people wearing his uniform.”

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