Posted by: mosesfromsinai | May 24, 2010

Biha’aloscha – Love & Light

This week’s Torah portion is Biha’aloscha – “When you will light”.  The obvious concept is bringing light into a world of darkness through Torah and Mitzvos, good deeds.

In this week’s Torah portion there is a unique sentence that mentions the B’nai Yisroel, the Children of Israel 5 times.  Rashi, the famous commentator,  points out that this is to show the unique love for the entire Jewish nation.  This comes right after the Al-mighty selected the tribe of Levi to do special service related to the Temple.  Originally, this was to be the responsibility of the first-born of each home as a special reminder that they were saved in Egypt during the Plague of Killing the First Born.  However, when the first-born also participated in worshiping the Golden Calf, something the entire tribe of Levi did not do, they lost their right to do special service in the Temple.  It was transferred to the tribe of Levi as a reward for not participating.  Having now witnessed the Levites receive special treatment, it would be natural to feel less loved.  Thus the Torah states clearly 5 times the Children of Israel, to let the Jewish Nation know that the Al-mighty loves all of the Jewish Nation dearly.  Rashi further points out that it was written 5 times to correspond to the 5 Books of the Torah.

It is further interesting to note that the Torah begins with the word Braishees which breaks up into 2 words Bais Raishees, “Two firsts”.  Rashi again comments here that the two firsts refer to the Torah, which is called first and the Jewish Nation, which is called first.  The idea being that the world was created for the Jewish Nation and Torah.  Thus the concept of Yehi Or – Let there be Light” is fulfilled in this week’s Torah reading by Aaron, who represents the concept of Love -” We should be like students of Aaron, Love that which the Al-mighty created and bring them near to Torah“.  Aaron lights the Menorah daily and brings light – love, into a world of darkness.

Let us hope that the love of the Al-mighty will again openly be revealed so that we can again experience the lighting of the Menorah in the 3rd Bais Hamikdosh.


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