I hope everyone is doing well, and feeling good. Baruch Hashem we are all doing well, and as the treatments and chemos, progress so do we. We put our trust in Hashem and follow his path. We keep on moving forward.
In regard to this weeks Parsha i wanted to share a quick idea with all of you. In this weeks Parsha - Parsha's Tetzaveh (28:28) it says ". And they shall fasten the choshen (הַחֹשֶׁן ) by its rings to the rings of the ephod ( הָאֵפֹד) with a blue cord, so that it may be upon the band of the Ephod, and the Choshen will not move off the ephod."
Before we examine what it is this pasuk is trying to teach us, lets just review for a quick second what the Choshen and the Ephod were, and what they represented. The Choshen was a garment also known as the choshen mishpat in Hebrew, which means the "breastplate of judgment" or "decision." Square-shaped and worn over the heart, it was called so because of the unique role which it played in helping to render fateful decisions.According to the Biblical instructions and rabbinical traditions, the breastplate is a patterned brocade like the Ephod. The threads of its fabric are gold, sky-blue, dark red and crimson wool, and twisted linen. The garment itself is set with four rows of small square stones, in settings of knitted or braided gold. Each row contained three stones-totaling twelve stones, one stone representing each of the twelve tribes of Israel. The name of the corresponding tribe was engraved on each stone."Like the two sardonyx shoulder stones, the Bible states that the purpose of the twelve stones is "to be a perpetual remembrance before the L-rd" (Ex. 28:29). When the High Priest bore the breastplate into the holy place, Israel was remembered for peace. The sages taught that the Ephod served to invoke the cause of Israel's sustenance and material welfare, and the breastplate - her salvation, and deliverance from her enemies." (http://www.templeinstitute.org/beged/priestly_garments-7.htm).
Now. that we know a little bIt more about what we are dealing, lets try and look a little deeper into what the torah is teaching us in this Pasuk. Says one of my spiritual guides Rabbi Lazer Brody shlita a beautiful gem. He teaches that the Torah is teaching us about the amazing relationship between us his sons and daughters, and Him being Hashem. The Choshen is a remembrance of Bnai Yisroel before Hashem, becasue it had 12 stones on it. Each stone corresponded to the twelve tribes of Israel before Hashem. Every time Hashem saw the Cohen wearing this garment, it was a reminder, of all of Hashem's precious children before him.
The Ephod on the other hand is a correspondence to the names of Hashem, because in gematria, the full name of Hashem spelled out is = to 91 same as Ephod. This was a reminder to Bnai Yisroel that no matter how far they may seem from Him, He is always right there for them connected to them. This says Rabbi Brody is what the Pasuk is teaching us. " And they shall fasten the choshen (הַחֹשֶׁן ) by its rings to the rings of the ephod ( הָאֵפֹד) with a blue cord, so that it may be upon the band of the ephod, and the choshen will not move off the ephod." .That the bond between the Choshen and Ephod. the bond between Hashem and his children, The bond between us and our father in Heaven, that will never be lost, broken, or disconnected.
There have been many times throughout our national and personal lives, where this bond has been tried to be broken, and we dont have to delve into them all. All we need to know. Is that Hashem is always there, will always be there, and forever be there for us. Our family's, our people, and our children must learn and know, that no matter what happens in life the bond between us and Hashem is eternal. We just have to believe he is always there for us, and open our eyes to see him.
With much love and warmth, hoping to hear from you all soon,
GUT PURIM GUT GUT PURIM