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5 Facts About Parshat Tetzaveh that You (Maybe) Didn’t Know

Published on Wednesday March 24th, 2021

Discover and learn every week, "5 Facts" written on the weekly Parshah that you can share at your Shabbos table. 


וְאַתָּ֞ה תְּצַוֶּ֣ה ׀ אֶת־בְּנֵ֣י יִשְׂרָאֵ֗ל וְיִקְח֨וּ אֵלֶ֜יךָ שֶׁ֣מֶן זַ֥יִת זָ֛ךְ כָּתִ֖ית לַמָּא֑וֹר לְהַעֲלֹ֥ת נֵ֖ר תָּמִֽיד׃ (27:20)

1. What miracle happened daily with the oil in the Menorah?

  • The same amount of oil was poured in the Western Lamp as in the other six lamps, and miraculously, it would burn all night and all day. This also happened for 40 years during the reign of Shimon Hatzadik, the Kohen Gadol during  the second Temple. (Meam Loez) 

וְאַתָּ֡ה הַקְרֵ֣ב אֵלֶיךָ֩ אֶת־אַהֲרֹ֨ן אָחִ֜יךָ וְאֶת־בָּנָ֣יו אִתּ֔וֹ מִתּ֛וֹךְ בְּנֵ֥י יִשְׂרָאֵ֖ל לְכַהֲנוֹ־לִ֑י אַהֲרֹ֕ן נָדָ֧ב וַאֲבִיה֛וּא אֶלְעָזָ֥ר וְאִיתָמָ֖ר בְּנֵ֥י אַהֲרֹֽן׃ (28:1)

2. How often is a Cohen required to get a haircut?

  •  A regular Cohen must get a haircut at least once every 30 days. (Sanhedrin 22b)


וְלָ֣קַחְתָּ֔ אֶת־שְׁתֵּ֖י אַבְנֵי־שֹׁ֑הַם וּפִתַּחְתָּ֣ עֲלֵיהֶ֔ם שְׁמ֖וֹת בְּנֵ֥י יִשְׂרָאֵֽל׃ (28:9)

3. Where did the Bnei Israel find the necessary precious stones in the desert?

  • Since the Bnei Israel didn't have the necessary stones in the desert, the Clouds of Glory went to the Pishon River and brought back the precious stones needed for the ephod and choshen. (Meam Loez)


וְנָתַתָּ֞ אֶל־חֹ֣שֶׁן הַמִּשְׁפָּ֗ט אֶת־הָאוּרִים֙ וְאֶת־הַתֻּמִּ֔ים וְהָיוּ֙ עַל־לֵ֣ב אַהֲרֹ֔ן בְּבֹא֖וֹ לִפְנֵ֣י יְהוָ֑ה וְנָשָׂ֣א אַ֠הֲרֹן אֶת־מִשְׁפַּ֨ט בְּנֵי־יִשְׂרָאֵ֧ל עַל־לִבּ֛וֹ לִפְנֵ֥י יְהוָ֖ה תָּמִֽיד׃ (ס) (28:30)

4. What is the other name for the Urim VeTumim?

  • The Urim Vetumim had another name: “Kreti uPleti”. Kreti from the word “Koret”, to cut/to be decisive and Pleti, from the word “Pele”, wonderous, because they would be “wondrous” in their abilities. (Sanhedrin 16b, Divrei Hayamim 1; 18; 17)


וְעָשִׂ֣יתָ עַל־שׁוּלָ֗יו רִמֹּנֵי֙ תְּכֵ֤לֶת וְאַרְגָּמָן֙ וְתוֹלַ֣עַת שָׁנִ֔י עַל־שׁוּלָ֖יו סָבִ֑יב וּפַעֲמֹנֵ֥י זָהָ֛ב בְּתוֹכָ֖ם סָבִֽיב׃ (28:33)

5. How many bells were hanging from the Cohen’s robe?

  • Hanging by the bottom of the Cohen’s robe were 72 bells and 72 pomegranates. This alluded to the 72 possible shades of white that could render someone a metzorah. This is closely related to the interpretation that the robe  atoned for evil speech. (Negaim 1:4, Leviticus 13, Baal Haturim). Some say that the bells were to announce the Cohen Gadol’s arrival on Yom Kippur. (Ramban)
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