Shabbat shalom, mishpocah! A synopsis of this week’s Torah portion - Parashah 36: B'ha'alotkha (When you set up) Numbers 8:1 through 12:16 - can be found on our website on our Weekly Torah Studies page.
This week's parsha begins with God commanding Aaron the High Priest (Moses' brother) to light the Menorah every day in the Tabernacle. The Menorah's seven branches are bedecked with decorative cups, knobs and flowers – all fashioned from a single, solid piece of gold.
But then the Torah adds an interesting detail: "When you light the Menorah, be sure that the [six] outer lamps face the center" (Numbers 8:2). What do the six outer lamps represent, and why must they all face the seventh center stem? To find out, please click on the link above!