This week features:
“And The Winner of This Year’s Amalek-Act-Alike Contest is… “
Recreating The Rarefied Eden Environment For All People In Our Time
As we read parashat Tetzaveh this week, the second of five consecutive weekly Torah readings dealing almost exclusively with the building of the Tabernacle, its sacred vessels and priestly garments, which conclude the book of Exodus, we receive yet another lesson in humility and brotherly love, prerequisites of the service in the Tabernacle/Holy Temple.
But while we are learning about unity of hearts and purpose these days, the generations old Amalek-Haman arch of evil is flourishing all around us. World leaders are stumbling over one another in a mad rush to claim the “Amalek in Our Day” title for themselves. There is no doubt that being deeply engrossed and focused on Torah commandments concerning the building of the Tabernacle and our own present-day drive to build the Holy Temple will grant us the strength and wisdom to defeat the renewed Persian effort to destroy Israel. Remember this Shabbat to “obliterate the memory of Amalek from under the heavens. Do not forget.” (Deut 25:19)
Next week: Rabbi Richman returns!