Parashat Tetzaveh

We Are All Holy Before God

How to make weighty decisions about the community we are working to create.

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I recognize that the priests had a special responsibility and a special relationship with God, identified as "holy," but everyone can enjoy such a relationship, priest or not. Perhaps the sign that they were to wear--concretized in part in the tefillin that is now placed on our foreheads temporarily but probably worn all day at a previous time--is a reminder that all of us, whoever we are in the community, old-timer or newcomer, are indeed holy to God.

The priest in all of us must remember this as we make the weighty decisions about the future and the community we are trying to create.

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Rabbi Kerry M. Olitzky

Rabbi Kerry M. Olitzky is executive director of the Jewish Outreach Institute and the author of numerous books about Jewish spirituality.