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This week's Torah Portion: 

36 B’HA'ALOTKHA - WHEN YOU SET UP - NUMBERS 8:1-12:16

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דַּבֵּר אֶֽל־אַהֲרֹן וְאָמַרְתָּ אֵלָיו בְּהַעֲלֹֽתְךָ אֶת־הַנֵּרֹת אֶל־מוּל פְּנֵי הַמְּנֹורָה יָאִירוּ שִׁבְעַת הַנֵּרֹֽות

Daber el-Aharon v'amarta eylayv b’ha'a lotkha et-hanerot el-mul p'ney ha'menorah ya'iru shiv'at hanerot

"Tell Aharon, 'When you set up the lamps, the seven lamps are to cast their light forward, in front of the menorah."


A short mitzvah (commandment) detailing some of the maintenance of the Menorah (Lamp Stand) found in the Holy Place, opens up this portion called B’ha’alotkha (say “Beh-hah-ah-lote-khah”). I want to study the Menorah in much detail, since it historically remains one of the most easily recognized symbols used in Judaism today. As such, it has become the national symbol of the State of Isra’el, in conjunction with the Star of David.
— Parashat B'ha'alotkha