Tetzaveh

Posted in Shemot on Monday, 27 June 2011.

Moshe’s name is omitted from the Parsha

Ba’al Haturim writes that Moshe’s name is not mentioned in this entire Parsha so that his request to “erase me from Your book” was fulfilled in some respect. Therefore, the opening verse of our Parsha does not refer to him by name (Moshe), but simply as “you.”

But how could any part of Torah be “devoid” of Moshe, even in a subtle way? Moshe and the Torah were truly one, to the extent that we refer to the “Torah of Moshe,” and the “Five books of Moshe.” Surely it is unacceptable to “erase” Moshe from the Torah in any manner, even through the relatively minor “omission” of not mentioning his name during an entire Parsha?

However, in truth, Moshe is not erased from this Parsha at all. He is mentioned, though not by name: A name is not the highest aspect of a person. It does not represent a person’s essence. For, ultimately a name is merely an identification tool used by others. Deep down, a person has an inner self that transcends his name.

So, it turns out that, in our Parsha, Moshe is indeed mentioned. The words “You should command” refer to his essence that is higher than his name.

(Based on Sichas Shabbos Parshas Tetzaveh 5751)

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