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Parashat Tetzaveh - 5775

My friends,

In Tetzaveh, we continue to read of the descriptions of the various items that will be in the Tabernacle, including the Priestly garments, the oil for the Menorah, etc.

This Shabbat we also read from the Book of Deuteronomy a very short passage known as Zachor - Remember. We are told to remember what Amalek did to our people when they set out of Egypt. How Amalek attacked the Children of Israel, for no reason whatsoever. The Mitzvah is to remember and to never forget. This small portion of Zachor - Remember - is always read the Shabbat before Purim. Haman who sought to annihilate the Jews of Persia is described as an Amalek.

There are six commandments that begin with the word "Zachor" - "REMEMBER":

  1. Remember the Exodus from Egypt.
  2. Remember the Covenant at Sinai.
  3. Remember what Amalek did to you (this Shabbat).
  4. Remember how you strayed by making a Golden Calf.
  5. Remember how you angered G-d during the forty years in the wilderness.
  6. Remember the Shabbat to make it holy.

Who could have predicted that 70 years after the Holocaust, which was the result of deep-seeded hate of the Jews throughout Europe, that that hate would surface again as it is being manifested in European countries. First, they wanted a "Juden Free Europe" - a Europe without Jews. So, many Jews, survivors from Europe as well as Jewish fugitives from Arab countries, re-established the Jewish Homeland in Israel, where they built a beautiful and most viable country. Now that country is being delegitimized and hated by many European countries where they cannot do enough for the Palestinians, but blame Israel for defending her people.

As you read the passage of Zachor, remember that history repeats itself. Israel will need to defend herself for generations to come. Let us stand with Israel at this most important time in our history.

If you can, go to Shul this Shabbat and listen to he words of ZACHOR - REMEMBER.

Shabbat Shalom,