The entire top of the mountain shall be most holy. Behold, this is the law of the house. You shall also take the bullock of the sin offering, and it shall be burnt in the appointed place of the house, outside the sanctuary. Then on the second day you shall offer an unblemished he-goat for a sin offering; and they shall purify the altar, as they purified it with the bullock.
tetzaveh “You shall command the Children”
Exodus 27:20 – 30:10
The high priest went through a series of purification ceremonies before he could enter the holiest part of the Tabernacle that contained the Ark. He would be anointed with oils. Here he is in a meditative position activating his personal Sephirot represented by the colored circles around his body. The lowest Sephirot – Malchut – is associated with
the tongue and the penis and this yoga like position is one spoken of in Kabbalah. In front of him is the ‘choshen” – the breastplate composed of twelve precious stones associated with each of the tribes – eg: – “odem” red for Reuven, green for Shimon, multi colored for Levi, light greenish for Judah, sapphire for Issachar, white for Zebuloun, the next two for Dan and Naftali, the purple for Gad, a goldish one for Asher, and the last two for Joseph, and Benjamin. In each stone are the letters of the tribes and and names the patriarchs Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. In between the breastplate were scrolls of parchment called the “urim ve’tumim” and when asked a question, the letters would light up with a reply from Hashem that the high priest would decipher. The blue “aifod” apron was part of the garments he wore.