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Lighting of the Temple Menorah, The

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A Taste of Text—Behaalotecha
Lighting up another means helping to ignite his latent abilities by appreciating his unique role and mission in this world.
"ואתה תצוה את בני ישראל" “And you shall command the Children of Israel.” (27:20) QUESTION: Why is the name of Moshe not mentioned in Parshat Tetzaveh? ANSWER: Moshe died on the seventh day of Adar, which usually occurs during the week when Parshat Tetzave...
Parshah Power - Tetzaveh
The Torah specifies the olive oil used for kindling the menorah in the Holy Temple to be pure. The classical commentaries provide two approaches in the understanding of pure.
The Temple structure was a source of light for the world
The Temple structure was a source of light for the world
The Anatomy of a Flame
The menorah, its lamps, and the flames they hold are the very mirror of our identity as a people, the way we interact with each other, and of the elemental strivings of the human soul
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?
Parshat Behaalotecha
“Aaron did so; he lit the lamps toward the face of the menorah” (Numbers 8:3). We contrast a chassidic and a non-chassidic interpretation of this verse in order to highlight the revolution that chassidic teachings have brought to our understanding of G-d,...
How to Study Torah - Behaalotecha
Long before the Maccabees, there was the original menorah that was lit in the Holy Temple as part of the daily ritual officiated by the priests. How was the menorah lit? What purpose did it serve?
Is the light of the Chanukah menorah so faint that it can only illuminate its immediate vicinity? And as such must be lit after dark, and in direct proximity to the darkness it wishes to counteract?
Rashi, in discussing the Torah portion of Tzav, quotes the words:Vayikra 6:6. “A constant fire shall burn upon the altar; it shall not be extinguished,” and explains that “the fire about which the verse states ‘constant’ (i.e., the fire upon the outer alt...
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