June 22, 2019 – Beha’alotekha (“When you set up”) – Parshat 36
- Torah: Numbers 8:1 – 12:16
- Haftara: Zechariah 2:14 – 4:7
- Brit Chadasha: Matthew 14:14-21
וַיְדַבֵּ֥ר יְהוָ֖ה אֶל־מֹשֶׁ֥ה לֵּאמֹֽר׃ דַּבֵּר֙ אֶֽל־אַהֲרֹ֔ן וְאָמַרְתָּ֖ אֵלָ֑יו בְּהַעֲלֹֽתְךָ֙ אֶת־הַנֵּרֹ֔ת אֶל־מוּל֙ פְּנֵ֣י הַמְּנוֹרָ֔ה יָאִ֖ירוּ שִׁבְעַ֥ת הַנֵּרֽוֹת׃
Vayedaber Adonay el-Moshe lemor. Daber el-Aharon ve’amarta elav beha’alotecha et-hanerot el-mul pney hamenorah ya’iru shiv’at hanerot.
The LORD spoke to Moses, saying: Speak to Aaron and say to him, “When you set up the lamps, let the seven lamps give light at the front of the lampstand.”
The LORD did not need the light of the Menorah, it was for man to look upon. The purpose not unlike the lights of the Chanukkiah – to be looked upon and enjoyed for their splendor, but never used for light. The sages point out that the lights Aharon kindled upon the Menorah corresponded to the revealed light on the first day of creation, the light of Mashiach, that filled all creation with His light and pointed to the Messianic age to come. It pointed to a future when the light of Hashem’s glory will fill Jerusalem with splendor, and all will men will behold Mashiach’s glory!
All this serves to teach you that the Holy One, Blessed be He, does not need the lamps of human beings … but He says, “If you will be careful to light the menorah in my presence, I will cause a great light to shine upon you in the Messianic Age.” Accordingly it says [in Isaiah 60:1], “Arise, Shine, for your light has come” (Numbers Rabbah 15:2)
“The holy light that will illuminate Messianic Jerusalem is the original light of creation which the LORD concealed after the seventh day and will reveal to the righteous in the time to come. Rabbeinu Bechaye explained that the beginning of the Parashat Beha’alotcha, which describes the lighting of the seven lamps, corresponds to the light of the seven days of creation. This is why it says, “The light of the righteous rejoices, but the lamp of the wicked goes out” (Proverbs 13:9). Rabbeinu Bechaye observed that the Hebrew word for “rejoices” (yishmach) in proverbs 13:9 has the same letters as the word Mashiach.” (First Fruits of Zion, Shaddows of Messiah – Book 4 Pg.757 – Beha’alotcha)
Have a blessed week as you walk in the Light of Torah, and of the Mashiach Yeshua!
Shalom Mish’pachah from Beth Hallel Lodi