Parsha Tetzaveh Likutei Shoshanim

Parsha Tetzaveh

Adapted from “Sefer Likutei Shoshanim” by HaAdmor HaRishon MeSavran (Savaran), HaRav Moshe Tzvi MeSavran

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The first posuk in this week’s Parsha Tetzaveh reads: “VeAtah” “Tetzaveh” “Es” “Bnei Yisroel” “VeYikchu Elecha Shemen Zayis” “Zach” “Kasis LeMaor” “LeHaalos” “Ner Tamid”.

Someone who wishes to purify (Zach) and raise up (LeHaalos) his Neshama to the necessary levels must break (Kasis) the influence of his body through learning Torah and living Torah with all of his strength until his Neshama wants to cleave to the Almight’y Himself. However, due to the inherent weakness of man to wage war against his Yetzer Harah, as well as the fact that man’s physical nature actually aides the Yetzer Hara, it is impossible that one would be able to achieve this goal. And it is only through Hashem’s kindness that Moshe Rabbeinu’s influence extends in each and every generation through the Tzaddik Hador who is duty bound to align himself with those people of his generation who want to walk in the ways of Hashem helping them overcome their Yetzer Hara.

This is what the posuk means (hints to). Hashem Yisborach says to Moshe Rabbeinu “VeAtah Tetzaveh es Bnai Yisroel”, tetzavah, with the connotation tzavta, attachment, and the word “Es” can also be translated as “Eim”, with, that he should attach himself to Bnei Yisroel. And then, continues the posuk, “VeYikchu Elecha Shemen Zayis”, an allusion to the Torah Hakedosha; “Zach” in gematria is 27 and refers to the 27 letters of the Torah (the 22 letters plus the five final letters known by the acronym mantzepach. “Kasis”, that is Bnei Yisroel should merit to break the influence of their bodies; “LeHaalos Ner Tamid”, that their souls, which are called Ner (as the posuk “Ner Hashem Nishmas Adam” (Mishlei 20:27) infers), should always be in a constant state of rising.  So, Hashem was telling Moshe and the leaders of future generations “Attach yourself to the people and take with you the Torah Hakedosha in its entirety in order that the souls of the people should be able to constantly achieve greater levels of holiness.”

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