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9 Adar 5783 – Let your word connect with your heart

Thursday 9 Adar 5783 – 2 Maart 2023

The breastpiece shall be held in place by a cord of blue from its rings to the rings of the ephod, so that the breastpiece rests on the decorated band and does not come loose from the ephod. (Exodus 28:28).

The Choshen (breastplate) was worn on the heart of the high priest. The Hebrew letters that make up the word Ephod are equal to 85, which is the same numerical value of the word for mouth – peh.
According to the Degel Machaneh Ephraim, we learn from this verse that the Choshen, which symbolises the heart, must always be attached to the Ephod, which symbolises the mouth. In other words, when we speak, our words should closely match what is in our hearts.

By Rabbi Michael Skobac

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