Numbers 8:2
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2  Speak to Aharon and say to him, “When you mount the lamps, let the seven lamps give light at the front of the menorah.”

da-BAYR el a-ha-RON v’-a-mar-TA ay-LAV b’-ha-a-lo-t’-KHA et ha-nay-ROT el MUL p’-NAY ha-m’-no-RAH ya-EE-ru shiv-AT ha-nay-ROT

ב  דַּבֵּר אֶל־אַהֲרֹן וְאָמַרְתָּ אֵלָיו בְּהַעֲלֹתְךָ אֶת־הַנֵּרֹת אֶל־מוּל פְּנֵי הַמְּנוֹרָה יָאִירוּ שִׁבְעַת הַנֵּרוֹת׃

 8:2 When you mount the lamps

PM Netanyahu lighting a Chanukah lamp at the Western Wall

Aharon is charged with the daily task of lighting the lamps of the menorah in the Mishkan. The Ramban adds that many centuries later, a small group of priests who descended from the family of Aharon boldly led a revolt against the mighty Syrian-Greek army. After miraculously defeating the enemy, the Maccabees reclaimed the Beit Hamikdash and sought pure olive oil to kindle the menorah which had been extinguished. Due to the scarcity of pure oil to be found in the Beit Hamikdash, Hashem performed a second miracle, causing one day’s supply of oil to burn for a full eight days, until new oil was produced. In perpetual commemoration of these miracles, the Jewish people light their own menorah lamps for eight nights every year, when they celebrate Chanukah.

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  • Every time I read or hear about this amazing miracle my heart is thrilled. Surely there is nothing to hard or to difficult for Hashem.


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