May 21, 2018 ~ Shabbat NASO. Maqam SABA.

Shabbat Behaalotekha

The Menora

בהעלותך את הנרות אל מול פני המנורה - The light of the Menora has elevated (בהעלותך) many people throughout the generations, although no official reason for it's existence is offered anywhere in the Torah. It is only until we read about an angel who approached Zekaria (Zekaria 4) that we are offered a clear explanation. In a dream, Zekaria had a vision of a gold Menora along with two olive trees. "Do you know what this means?" asked the angel. When Zekaria admits that he did not, the angel tells him that the light of the Menora symbolizes that it is "not by might, and not by power, but by My spirit alone" (לא בחיל ולא בכח כי אם ברוחי) that will bring you salvation. The light of the Menora is a powerful reminder that we don't have to be mighty warriors in order to overcome mountainous obstacles but rather, our success comes directly from the light of God that continues to inspire us. Beth Torah Bulletin, June 10, 2017.