18 Feb Rabbi Hillel Skolnik’s Torah Spark for T’tzaveh 5776
This Shabbat we read from Parashat T’tzaveh, the one Torah portion in the final four books of the Torah that doesn’t include the name, Moshe. While there are a number of reasons that the rabbis suggest for the exclusion from this one parasha, some of which we’ll discuss at services this weekend, it reminds us of the important lesson that the Jewish religion and the Jewish people are bigger and more important than any one person. Yes, of course, Moshe was an instrumental leader and certainly among the most important individual human beings in all of Jewish history. Yet, even when Moshe passed away, the Israelite people kept going. The Torah continues this week, just as it did last week, even though Moshe’s name is not mentioned and the world will continue to spin on its axis even when our own names are no longer mentioned. It doesn’t make our lives devoid of meaning or minimize the contributions we make to our loved ones and society at large. It simply reminds us that this is how our world and the people we are a part of are meant to be and that in our world, there is only one Eternal.
Rabbi Hillel Skolnik