Wednesday, February 22, 2012


“For the mitzvah is a lamp and the Torah is light” (Mishlai 6:23)

In the Mishkan, Bnai Israel was also instructed to build an elaborate menorah. Torah wisdom symbolizes light. By lighting the Menorah, the light of Torah would shine through the flames and be a guide for the Jewish people throughout their journey in life.  Moreover, Hashem commanded that the menorah be made with pure gold. In the times of the Bat Hamikdash, King Shlomo purified the gold for the menorah one thousand times, in order for the gold to reach it’s highest purification. Symbolically, just as King Shlomo purified the gold one thousand times to attain the purest gold possible, we too should reexamine our lives and the mitzvot we do and don’t do. By assessing where our faults lie and what areas we could work on developing more, we are in the process of purifying the light that radiates within our souls.

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