Inspiration Through Torah in 5776: Tetzaveh

Holman_The_Holy_of_HoliesIn this week’s Torah portion, Tetzaveh – Exodus 27:20 – 30:10, we learn about the position of the High priest and his sons and their garments and consecration for service in the Mishkan. It ends with describing the altar of incense.

You may decide to read the whole portion in one sitting or you might decide to do the FULL KRIYAH which breaks up the parsha so that you can pace yourself and concentrate on a smaller section each day.

This week, the readings for the Torah portion for each day of the week will be as follows:

1: 27:20-28:12 (14 p’sukim)

2: 28:13-30 (18 p’sukim)

3: 28:31-43 (13 p’sukim)

4: 29:1-18 (18 p’sukim)

5: 29:19-37 (19 p’sukim)

6: 29:38-46 (9 p’sukim)

7: 30:1-10 (10 p’sukim)

The reading for the haftarah, if you decide to read it in addition to the Torah portion, is Ezekiel 43:10 – 43:27.

Continue to journal this week, writing down your thoughts, themes, and Bible verses that come to mind for the individual days, and/or week. If you’d like to focus on personal character development with a larger community, see “Mussar” below the Torah study materials.

Torah Study Materials

Reading materials

Torah Portion Study Guides from Tony Robinson

The Creation Gospel Torah Portions: Shemot by Dr. Hollisa Alewine


The Parsha Experiment from the AlephBeta team on this week’s parsha.

Torah teachings (from the Torah cycle 5772) by L. Grant Luton

Mussar (Personal Character Development)

This week, we will be focusing on the middah (virtue) of simcha, which can be translated as happiness or contentment. So often the cares of this world creep into our homes and hearts and we can find it hard to have a sense of inner joy. However, for a believer who is trying to remain connected to her Source (Hashem), happiness is a quality that should be evident one’s life.

Note: Fill out a 4×6 card; at the top write Simcha (Happiness/Contentment). Under the virtue, write out the suggested practices listed below. Put this card in a prominent place to help you walk out this virtue in your day to day life.

  • “But godliness with contentment is great gain,for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.” 1 Timothy 6:6-8
  • Every morning, decide in your mind to be content and choose joy whatever may come that day.
  • Be careful with what you place in front of your eyes, and the things you listen to that may compromise your decision to be content.
  • Ask Hashem to show you His perspective, before reacting to someone or a situation.

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Blessings and Shalom for a good week,