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The Temple Menorah

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The Temple Menorah: The seven-branched gold candelabra in the Temple.
When Golda Meir famously joked that the Jewish people had managed, after forty years of wandering, to end up in the only country in the Middle East with no oil, she was only partially right...
The light of the Menorah wasn't for G-d's benefit; it was for us. Same is true for all the commandments.
One menorah. Two symbolisms. Torah and unity. The connection?
By law, the menorah stood in a chamber into which only kohanim (priests) were permitted entry. But the law also states that an ordinary person may light the menorah. What is the point—and lesson—of this legal paradox?
As soon as the Tabernacle was erected, G‑d instructed that seven lights be kindled on the candelabra every day. Surprised, Moses asked, "Dear G‑d, You are the Master of light, do You require light from us?"
And you shall command the children of Israel, and they shall take to you pure olive oil, crushed for lighting, to kindle the lamps continually…Aaron and his sons shall set it up before the L-rd from evening to morning; [it shall be] an everlasting statute...
Moses’ task of nurturing his flock’s faith expresses itself in its fullest at those times when we are “crushed.” For it is then that the essential faith kicks into highest gear and activates incredible luminescent displays of commitment to G-d.
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