Most of us are aware that the name “Moshe” is not mentioned in this parsha. This was a punishment for his plea to Hashem to exclude him from the Torah and not annihilate the Jews for worshipping the golden calf, as opposed to annihilating the Jews and glorifying Moshe’s name in the Torah. Given that, why was Parshas Tetzaveh, in particular, chosen to be the place that Moshe’s name was not mentioned?
The world over, when celebrities come to town, young and old come to see the celebrity. Many people remember those moments as highlights in their lives. In general, those interactions are really of little value other than being a momentous memory. However, in the Torah, with regards to viewing and interacting with righteous and scholarly men, we are urged to participate and we understand that it can actually have a profound spiritual effect on who we are and who we can become. In fact, the gemora in Eiruvin (13) tells us that Rebbe said “If I would have seen Rebbe Meir’s face (instead of just his back) I he ould have been a sharper person.” The mefarshim explain that this connection to kedusha can actually amplify and improve our own spiritual abilities. The rebbe, when disseminating Torah to his talmidim, is not only imparting knowledge, but is also implanting in his students higher levels of spirituality.
The Tiferes Shlomo explains the following verse in Tehillim:
קיט:ד אַתָּה, צִוִּיתָה פִקֻּדֶיךָ לִשְׁמֹר מְאֹד.
119:4 Hashem, you commanded us that we should observe them diligently.
The Tifferes Shlomo seems to say that this verse is talking about Moshe and not Hashem. Moshe Rabbeinu, when you will command klal Yisrael to follow the Torah, it will bring about a result of their being very meticulous in the following of the halachos. The reason being, as we have said, is because the kedusha of Moshe will infuse them with the desire and ability to follow the commandments of the Torah. Being that this is the case, if klal Yisrael sinned with the golden calf, it seems that Moshe Rabbeinu was a bit remiss (on his level) in transmitting the commandment of idol worship to klal Yisrael. Therefore, when the Torah alludes to the commandment of disseminating the Torah to klal Yisrael with the word “Tetzaveh”, that is where we exclude Moshe, because he was not proficient as he should have been in his transmission.
This idea sounds wonderful, but seems to have little to do with us in our personal lives. When I was brought up, I was taught that when you speak to someone you look them in the eye and give them your full attention. Nowadays, we talk to someone and at the same time might be playing with our phones, listening to music, etc. and not giving them our full attention. We may think that we are getting ahead because we are multitasking, but in reality, the intense communication would have had our message transmitted or received to a much fuller extent and in the long run save us much …
I have heard people say that though we can listen to shiurim, whether audio or video, there is no need to be there in person. Some say that the ability to “catch the kedusha” through wired or wireless connection is almost equal to catching the disease of the person to whom you are speaking on the phone. Rav Brevda ZT”L said that when you hear a recoding, you get the information but when you are there live, you also get the neshama.