Tzav – To Command

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Tzav – To Command

The weekly Torah portion is more than a story. It is a coded text with a specific energy and wisdom that can be personally applied to improve our lives each and every week.

Power to Command -Parsha Tzav starts with G-d telling Moses to “command” Aaron and his sons in connection with maintaining the burnt offering. The portion is a continuance of Vayikra and further describes the offerings made in the Tabernacle. Specifically, it describes the laws of the burnt offering, meal offering, guilt offering and peace offering and also details the installation of Aaron and his sons into service as priests. The word “command” is specifically used by G-d in Tzav, whereas in other portions He uses “say” or “speak”. To command someone is a definitive request – there is no choice in the matter. The root word of Tzav is Tzavatah – meaning to connect. When we observe a command, or take an action without thinking or allowing our ego or personal agenda to potentially limit our actions, we are able to rise above the limitations of our senses and “connect” spiritually to a higher realm. When we connect to the energy of certainty, we move forward and break free from doubts or other things in life that enslave us.

The Small Mem – Whenever there is a small or large letter in the Torah, we know there is mystical significance. This week in Tzav, there is a small letter Mem in the word “mokdah”, meaning flame. Mem has the numerical value of 40, alluding to the Torah, which was given to Moses after 40 days. It also means water from the word Mayim which also represents Torah and 40 is the age when one obtains the deepest knowledge to understand Torah. Kabbalists suggest that Torah-study should be kept within the heart of the student and treated humbly (small, like the small letter Mem) and not as an outward demonstration of yearning. Similarly, it is explained that a flame always seeks to rise and can represent pride and arrogance. The small Mem reminds us to maintain humility and when we understand how small we are, we can achieve greatness. The Talmud states, “[A]nyone who chases after greatness, greatness flees from him”.

Opportunity for Balance – According to today’s accepted method of counting, we reach the middle of the Torah (in verses) in this week’s portion of Tzav. Whenever we reach the middle of something, we can connect to the energy of the Balance – the central column in Kabbalah, between Sharing (right column) and Receiving (left column). By connecting to this midpoint during the reading this week, we are able to more easily achieve and maintain balance in our lives.

Have a great week!

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Richard Swerdlow

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