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Dvar for Tetzaveh
Exodus 27:20-30:10
by Shlomo Ressler

** This Dvar is dedicated to the Refua Sheleima (healing) of Shaindel bat (daughter of) Chana Gittel and Chaim Shmuel ben (son of) Libah . Please say Tehillim (Psalm) on her behalf **

Dear Reader,

Welcome to another edition of the short, practical Weekly Dvar. This week's Dvar was actually sent out last year, but it's so good that I just had to send the same one. It's a great point, and it connects to Purim, which is this friday. So read it, forward it to friends, refer them to the list, write back with comments/questions, and enjoy...
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Parshat Tetzaveh is where the Jews are instructed as to how they will serve within the Mishkan (Tabernacle), as opposed to how to build it. To be able to serve properly, the first step is to be wearing the right clothing. In order to make the clothing, however, the Torah demands that the people chosen to make the clothes be both "wise-hearted", and must be vested with a "spirit of wisdom". The most glaring problem with that is...What does wise-hearted mean? How can a heart be wise, when it is purely emotional and cannot think? Furthermore, why is being wise-hearted the most important requirement to be able to make clothing, which is purely external and physical?

The Lekach Tov explains that the answer is about not only having knowledge, but also in knowing how to use our emotions to support our knowledge. In other words, it's not just what we know that's important, but also what we desire to know. For example, Shlomo Hamelech (King Solomon), who focused on wanting to know the truth, was granted with the knowledge he yearned, and he used it wisely in ruling over the nation. On the other hand (since Purim is coming up), Hamman focused his emotions on the one person who didn't show him respect (Mordechai) and that proved to be his downfall.

Back in our Parsha, the clothes for the Mishkan had to be made by people who had the right focus, and knew to WANT what was "wise" for them to want! NOW we can understand why this was the most important ingredient in making the clothes: Although clothes are physical and external, it had to be used for a Holy purpose, and thus had to be made in that elevated frame of mind. This can only happen if you let your heart fill in for what the mind doesn't know. We too must learn from this. Although it's great to know about life, about ourselves, and about our religion, it's even more critical to WANT to know, and that desire comes from the heart. Our knowledge makes us who we are, but our desire for knowledge will ultimately make us what we SHOULD be!
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