Brit Chadasha Mark 4:35-5:43
Such is the condensed version. Now for a little more meat to sink your teeth into. The word Tetzaveh תְּצַוֶּה comes from the root צָוָה, meaning to command. Mitzvah מִצְוָה comes from the same root (a later usage/development). Although it usually means: to command, lay charge, order, appoint, and install, some references have given the meaning of to connect.
Moshe was connected to Mizraim for forty years. The next forty years, he connected with G-d in the desert. This was followed by connecting to B’nai Yisrael [That might explain male-pattern baldness in our family!].
But seriously, I am more convinced as time rolls on, the truth of the statement that Moshe was the meekest man in all the earth (Numbers 12:3). I think of how little it takes to set me off – the slightest suggestion that I did something wrong, or said something wrong, or took too long (either them or me), or just for general purposes. I can easily jump to conclusions, thinking I know all the facts. An example would be that HaShem should have over-ridden Moshe when he pleaded for Yisrael when He – G-d -- wanted to start fresh with Moshe as the new ‘Chosen’ people. After all, Kol Yisrael drank, and danced, and worshipped the golden calf, didn’t they? (NOT really, even though they got the bum rap).
Please pardon my jumping ahead. This does tie in, as I will explain shortly. The picture we get, is that the vast majority of Yisrael was directly involved in the whole ‘calf’ incident, but Moshe’s plea was for G-d to either 1) forgive them, or 2) blot him out of the book. HaShem told Moshe that those who sinned must pay – and about three thousand men died – not Kol Yisrael, not even a majority (and not necessarily all B’nai Yisrael, for there was a mixed multitude with them). Some fathers/sages say that Moshe’s name was omitted from the Parsha Tetzaveh as the rest of HaShem’s fulfillment of their agreement.