February 2018

More Light!

Lights“And now,” says the Divine to Moses, in our reading from the Torah this week, “tell the Children of Israel to bring you clear oil of beaten olives, for light, to kindle an eternal lamp.
In the tent of meeting, outside the curtain,
there shall Aaron and his descendants set it,
to burn from evening to morning before the Eternal One,

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What Lights Our Fire?

oil lampAmong the contributions the Children of Israel are instructed to bring forward for constructing a sanctuary, in this week’s reading, is “oil for lighting” (Exodus 25:6).

“With what are we to light, and with what are we not to light?” asks the Mishnah, the earliest...

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