Dvar for Tetzaveh (Exodus 27:20-30:10)
Moshe was instructed to make the garments for “honor and glory” (28:2). The very next Passuk (verse) says that the wise-hearted people should make the garments to “sanctify him” so that the Kohen can serve G-d (28:3). What is the actual purpose of the priestly clothing? Is it for honor, glory, or sanctification? Additionally, how would honor, an internal characteristic, be associated with glory, an external characteristic?
Rabbi Eliyahu Safran explains that the Kohen’s clothes themselves were modest and simple, while the Kohen provided the honor by behaving modestly and appropriately. A Kohen acting modestly helps associate all Kohanim with appropriate and modest behavior, thus glorifying the role and sanctifying G-d’s name in the process.
We all have a responsibility to act honorably, which will lead to celebrating G-d’s greatness, which will lead to greater sanctity, spirituality, and purpose. When our actions are honorable, it reflects well on ourselves, our family, our community, and G-d.