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Bells and Robes

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25.02.2021

Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less. -C. S. Lewis

“And you shall make holy garments for Aaron, your brother, for honor and for glory.”

One of the eight garments that the High Priest was expected to wear was a cloak with a distinctive detail in its design. At the bottom of the hem, it was decorated with small golden bells and pomegranates alternating with each other.

The torah specifies the purpose of this detail:

A golden bell and a pomegranate, a bell and a pomegranate all the way round the skirts hold of the cloak this will be worn by Aaron as he serves in the temple so that the ringing of the bells will signal his approach as he comes into the century into the presence of God and as he departs and – he will not die.

Rabenu Bachye suggests that Aaron’s entrance into the House of God is a blueprint for every individual of our people. As one enters the palace of a human King, a subject would be expected to act in a courteous respectful manor, giving notice of his approaching and would not enter unexpectedly. We find a striking similarity to this idea in the Story of Purim which coincides with the parashah of Tetzaveh. King Achashverosh had an established law, that no one could approach the king uninvited any subject who dared to do so would be put to death.

The High Priest on entering the holy of holies where G-d’s presence was manifest, was to do so with a deep consciousness of submission before the King of Kings. The golden bells on his cloak were to serve as a constant reminder of this submission. On the other hand, we have already mentioned that the very purpose of the clothing was to invest the High Priest with tremendous splendour of kingship,........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)


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