From Priestly Garments to Common Garb

Parashat Tetzaveh

Our parashah details the design and materials of the priestly garments of Aharon and his sons. In these descriptions, the purpose of the garments is summed up in two words—“for honor (kavod) and beauty (tif’eret)." The text compels us to try to understand the significance of dealing with clothing and how these garments operate within the stated goal of 'honor and beauty,' 'adornment and dignity.' (5777)