17 I will come down and speak with you there, and I will draw upon the spirit that is on you and put it upon them; they shall share the burden of the people with you, and you shall not bear it alone.
v’-ya-rad-TEE v’-di-bar-TEE i-m’-KHA SHAM v’-a-tzal-TEE min ha-RU-akh a-SHER a-LE-kha v’-sam-TEE a-lay-HEM v’-na-s’-U i-t’-KHA b’-ma-SA ha-AM v’-lo ti-SA a-TAH l’-va-DE-kha
יז וְיָרַדְתִּי וְדִבַּרְתִּי עִמְּךָ שָׁם וְאָצַלְתִּי מִן־הָרוּחַ אֲשֶׁר עָלֶיךָ וְשַׂמְתִּי עֲלֵיהֶם וְנָשְׂאוּ אִתְּךָ בְּמַשָּׂא הָעָם וְלֹא־תִשָּׂא אַתָּה לְבַדֶּךָ׃
11:17 And I will draw upon the spirit that is on you and put it upon them
In his commentary to this verse, Rashi, compares Moshe to a candle. Just as one candle can light many others without diminishing its own flame, Moshe’s spirit will inspire the seventy elders he is about to gather, but his own spirit will not become lacking as a result. Candles are often thought of as a symbol of spirituality. The Shabbat is brought in with the lighting of candles, and its completion is marked with the havdala ceremony, which also features a lit candle. Just as the flame of a candle can illuminate a dark room, the holiness of Shabbat is meant to radiate and illuminate the rest of the week. Similarly, candles were lit daily on the menorah, ‘lamp,’ in the Beit Hamikdash. According to the Sages of the Midrash, the menorah was not designed to provide light in the sanctuary, but rather to spread light and holiness to the rest of the world. For this reason, the windows of the Beit Hamikdash were constructed with a unique design, narrow on the inside and wide on the outside (see I Kings 6:4). The Beit Hamikdash in Yerushalayim is the source of holiness in the world; it is the duty of the Children of Israel to spread that holiness and serve as a “light unto the nations” (Isaiah 42:6, 49:6).