Command the Bride
16 Adar II, 5763
March 20, 2003
(Parashas Tzav is read on 12 Nissan, 5764/April 3, 2004 and coincides with Shabbat HaGadol (The Great Sabbath))
Every week a different portion (parasha) of the first five books of the Old Testament are read by Jews worldwide. This week's portion is called tzav (command) and encompasses Leviticus 6:1-8:36. The weekly portion is studied throughout the week and then read in its entirety on the sabbath (which this year would be 18 Adar II/March 22, 2003). This year this weekly portion has coincided with President Bush's 48-hr ultimatum to Saddam Hussein, the 2 day feast of Purim, the commencement of the second Iraqi war after Saddam Hussein refused to step down and the spring equinox. I'd like to concentrate on the last few verses of tzav only (although there may be more parallels with the different happenings this week):
KJV Leviticus 8:33 And ye shall not go out (03318) of the door (06607) of the tabernacle (0168) of the congregation (04150) in seven (07651) days (03117), until the days (03117) of your consecration (04394) be at an end (04390): for seven (07651) days (03117) shall he consecrate (04390) (03027) you.Strong's synonyms:
KJV Leviticus 8:34 As he hath done (06213) this day (03117), so the LORD (03068) hath commanded (06680) to do (06213), to make an atonement (03722) for you.
KJV Leviticus 8:35 Therefore shall ye abide (03427) at the door (06607) of the tabernacle (0168) of the congregation (04150) day (03119) and night (03915) seven (07651) days (03117), and keep (08104) the charge (04931) of the LORD (03068), that ye die (04191) not: for so I am commanded (06680)
Taking different Strong's words we could translate Leviticus 8:33-35 as follows:
And you shall not go outside of the door of the appointed betrothal place for seven years, until the years of your installation as my jewels be fulfilled: for seven years shall he satisfy you. As he has appointed this day, so the LORD has ordered for it to be done, to be merciful to you through marriage. Therefore you shall remain in the appointed place day and night seven years and celebrate your confinement with the LORD, where you will not die prematurely: for so it is commanded.The reason I went with "installation of my jewels" is because of what is said in Malachi:
KJV Malachi 3:16 Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name. 17 And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. 18 Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.
Leviticus 8:33-35 You shall not leave the entrance of the Tent of the Meeting for seven days, until the day when your days of inauguration are completed; for you shall be inaugurated* for a seven-day period. As he did on this day, so HASHEM had commanded to be done to provide atonement for you. At the entrance of the Tent of Meeting shall you dwell day and night for a seven-day period, and you shall protect HASHEM's charge so that you will not die; for so have I been commanded.
* You shall be inaugurated - literally your hands shall be filled.
The Stone Chumash states that "Moses performed the inauguration service which began on the twenty-third of Adar...The inauguration period climaxed with the consecration of Aaron and his sons as Kohanim on the eighth day...the first day of Nissan." (This year 23 Adar II, 5763 is Thursday, March 27, 2003 and 1 Nissan, 5763 is Thursday, April 3, 2003)
Leviticus 8:33-35 And you shall not go outside the doorway of the tent of meeting for seven days, until the day that the period of your ordination is fulfilled; for he will ordain you through seven days. "The LORD has commanded to do as has been done this day, to make atonement on your behalf. At the doorway of the tent of meeting, moreover, you shall remain day and night for seven days, and keep the charge of the LORD, that you may not die, for so I have been commanded."
The Living Torah: A New Translation Based on Traditional Jewish Sources, Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan:
Leviticus 8:33-35 Do not leave the entrance of the Communion Tent for seven days, until your period of inauguration is complete. This is because your installation ceremony shall last for seven days. God has commanded that whatever was done on this day must be done (all seven days) to atone for you. Remain at the Communion Tent's entrance day and night for seven days. You will thus keep God's charge and not die, since this is what was commanded.
Midrash Rabbah - Leviticus XI:4
’Wisdom...hath hewn out her seven pillars’ alludes to the seven days of consecration, as it is said, For He shall consecrate you seven days (Lev. VIII, 33).
Revelation 3:7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth; 8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name. 9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee. 10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. 11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. 12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name. 13 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
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