The L‑rd spoke to Moses, saying: Speak to Aaron and say to him: “When you light the lamps, the seven lamps shall cast their light toward the face of the menorah.” Aaron did so; he lit the lamps toward the face of the menorah, as the L‑rd had commanded Moses. (Numbers 8:1–3)

According to the Midrash, when Aaron lit the menorah in the Mishkan (Tabernacle), G‑d promised that its light would shine forever. In the Temple, the flame of the menorah burned continuously, and in its memory, all synagogues keep a light—the ner tamid—constantly lit. In this menorah, light shines in the dancing, swirling color, celebrating the menorah as a symbol of illumination and joy. Arising from molten gold, white flames ascend toward the cool sky with outstretched wings, while golden rays stream down toward the earth, in the subtle movement between earth and spirit.