Based on the above, it is possible to explain the connection (and the sequence) of the subjects ([discussed] in the maamar,) [VeKibeil HaYehudim]. In the beginning, [the Previous Rebbe] explains the interpretation of the verse, “And you shall command the children of Israel,” that Moshe connects and binds the Jewish people (to the Or Ein Sof, G‑d’s infinite light) through sustaining and nurturing their faith.

Afterwards, he explains that, in every generation, the shepherds of Israel (the “extensions of Moshe”) strengthen the faith of the Jewish people. For example, Mordechai (the Moshe of his generation) reinforced the faith of the Jews to stand firm in the study of the Torah and the observance of the mitzvos.

Then, he explains the phrase “crushed for the light” (in the verse “And you shall command,” [and as explained above, “you”] apparently refers to Moshe himself). For Moshe’s potential to reveal “the light” [within every] Jew (i.e., the essence of the soul) is expressed primarily by the extension [of Moshe] in the times of exile ([when the Jews are] “crushed”). [For these leaders] arouse the power of mesirus nefesh within the Jewish people. This is the fundamental revelation of the essence of the soul, [the level described as] “the light.”

There is, [however,] a need for clarification: According to the above explanation, the concept “crushed for the light” is related to the concept, “And you shall command the children of Israel,” i.e., that Moshe — and the extension of Moshe in every generation — connect and bind the Jewish people with the Or Ein Sof. Nevertheless, in the verse itself, the phrase “crushed for the light” comes after the phrase “and they shall bring you pure olive oil.” This phrase (which relates how the Jews bring oil to Moshe) [alludes to the potential] the Jews have to [augment] Moshe’s [power,] bringing him additional light (as explained in sec. 2). [What connection does it share with the concept “crushed for the light”?]