This week we read Parashas Tetzaveh and Parashas Zachor. What is the association between these two parshiyos, and why do we read Parashas Tetzaveh in most years before Purim?
The answer to these questions is that Zachor is about remembering the evil that Amalek perpetrated against the Jewish People and Parashas Tetzaveh discusses the Priestly Vestments, whose essential function was to be a זכרון , a remembrance before HaShem. It is noteworthy that the Gemara (Megillah 12a) states that Achashverosh donned the Priestly Vestments at his elaborate banquet. On the surface it would seem that Achashverosh did this to declare that the Bais HaMikdash was destroyed and, according to his erroneous calculations, it would not be rebuilt.
On a deeper level, however, we can suggest that Achashverosh was demonstrating that the function of the Priestly Vestments as to serve as a reminder to HaShem, so to speak, that He loved the Jewish People. By Achashverosh repossessing the Priestly Vestments, he was showing that HaShem would not be remembering the Jewish People. Amalek, the forerunner of Haman and his descendants, also sought to sever the endearment between HaShem and the Jewish People. It is for this reason that we read Zachor and in most years, Tetzaveh, prior to Purim, as this reflects on how HaShem will never forget His Beloved Nation, and we have to make every effort to remember HaShem and his Holy Torah.
This Shabbos we should merit once again developing that closeness with HaShem and then we will see the downfall of Amalek and all of our enemies with the return to Yerushalayim and the Bais HaMikdash, with the arrival of Moshiach Tzidkeinu, speedily, in our days.
Have a Remembered Shabbos and a Freilichen and Lichtige Purim!