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A Visible Concealment

Written by Rabbi Yehoshua Alt, 1/3/2020

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A Visible Concealment

The Shelah[1] informs us that a Yom Tov is associated to the Parsha it falls out on. As a result, we see allusions between Purim and Parshas Tetzave as is shown in the following: 

1) We are told that Achashverosh as well as Vashti[2] possessed the garments of the Kohen Gadol. Is it any surprise that Parshas Tetzave discusses these garments?!

2) An allusion to Vashti is found in our Parsha in השני ואת השש ועשו as the end letters spell ושתי.[3]

3) Moshe is called האיש משה.[4] This yields a total of 661, the same as אסתר. Although he is not mentioned in the Parsha, he is hinted to with this Gematria since Tetzave coincides with Purim.


It is because Moshe said ואם אין מחני נא מספרך אשר כתבת,[5] if You don’t forgive them erase me from Your Sefer that You wrote, that he is not mentioned in Parshas Tetzave. Counting the number of Parshiyos from Parshas Breishis, we notice that Parshas Tetzave is the 20th Parsha. This is hinted to in ספרך as it is a contraction of ספר כ, the 20th Parsha as this is the Parsha Moshe is erased from. Additionally, אשר has a sum of 501, the same as תצוה.


Although Moshe is not mentioned in the Parsha, he is hinted to in חתם קדש לי-ה-ו-ה as the end letters spell משה.[6] Another hint is found in the number of Pesukim in the Parsha—101. If we calculate the hidden letters of משהממ, שין, הא—we come to a total of 101. Moreover, the hidden letters spell מאין, like Moshe said ואם אין. In addition to this, it is of course no wonder that Moshe’s birthday and Yartzheit, the 7th of Adar, comes out this time every year.[7]


Just as Moshe’s name is not mentioned in the Parsha, Hashem’s name is not mentioned in Megilas Esther. This demonstrates a commonality between Hashem and Moshe as Moshe was the closest one to Hashem. Indeed, he ascended to the heavens to receive the Torah. It is Moshe who spoke to Hashem’s face to face as well as seeing the back of Hashem.[8] Is it any coincidence that the letters ofמשה  rearranged spell השם?!

Rabbi Alt merited to learn under the tutelage of R’ Mordechai Friedlander Ztz”l for close to five years. He received Semicha from R’ Zalman Nechemia Goldberg. Rabbi Alt has written on numerous topics for various websites and publications. He lives with his wife and family in a suburb of Yerushalayim where he studies, writes and teaches. The author is passionate about teaching Jews of all levels of observance.

[1] וישב, מקץ, ויגש, s.v. שלשה.

[2] Esther Rabba 3:9. An allusion to this is found in ויעשו את בגדי הקדש, they made holy garments (39:1) as well as in בגדי הקדש ומשחת אתו, the sacred garments and anoint him as the end letters spell ושתי (40:13).

[3] Shemos 28:5-6. This is also a fitting hint since she possessed the garments of the Kohen Gadol.

[4] Bamidbar 12:3. Incidentally, איש forms an acronym of אדם ירא שמים as this is the person Moshe was.

[5] 32:32. The fact that Moshe is not explicitly mentioned in the Haggada although he was the main character there is also hinted to in these words as it can be read מחני נא מספרך, to be erased from your story. That is ספור יציאת מצרים.

[6] 28:36.

[7] See Peninim Mishulchan Hagra, Tetzave 27:20.

[8] Shemos 33:11, 23. 

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