Biblical Faith – with Shmuel “Sam” Peak
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HaShem commanded to Aharon to light the menorah in the Ohel Moayd outside the Kodesh haKoddoshim, (Leviticus 24:3), “from evening to morning before HaShem always. Does HaShem then need the light? The entire forty years that Israel traveled in the desert HaShem provided them with light; certainly He didn’t need Israel to light his way. Rather, the menorah is evidence to all the people of the world that HaShem is imminent with Israel, for the western candle burnt miraculously for 24 hours each day and never when out.
Tosfos are troubled by the comment, “The whole forty years that Israel traveled in the desert HaShem provided them with light. “Why doesn’t the G’morrah say, more universally, “The whole world is lit, always, by HaShem’s light?” Tosfos explain that the G’morrah doesn’t mean to ask, “Did HaShem need the light that was lit in His house?”, but rather, “ even the cohanim who entered the Mishkon need the light of the menorah so that they could see, as the Mishkon had no windows? The camp of Israel was illuminated by a miraculous light for forty years. To that the Gomorrah answers that there was no need. The light served merely to show the world that HaShem’s presence was with Israel. (Shabbot 22B)
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