Zechariah 4:2
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2  He said to me, “What do you see?” And I answered, “I see a menorah all of gold, with a bowl above it. The lamps on it are seven in number, and the lamps above it have seven pipes;

va-YO-mer ay-LAI MAH a-TAH ro-EH va-o-MAR ra-EE-tee v’-hi-NAY m’-no-RAT za-HAV ku-LAH v’-gu-LAH al ro-SHAH v’-shiv-AH nay-ro-TE-ha a-LE-ha shiv-AH v’-shiv-AH mu-tza-KOT la-nay-ROT a-SHER al ro-SHAH

ב  וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלַי מָה אַתָּה רֹאֶה ויאמר [וָאֹמַר] רָאִיתִי וְהִנֵּה מְנוֹרַת זָהָב כֻּלָּהּ וְגֻלָּהּ עַל־רֹאשָׁהּ וְשִׁבְעָה נֵרֹתֶיהָ עָלֶיהָ שִׁבְעָה וְשִׁבְעָה מוּצָקוֹת לַנֵּרוֹת אֲשֶׁר עַל־רֹאשָׁהּ׃

 4:2  A menorah all of gold

Replica of the Temple menorah

The Sages refer to Yerushalyim as ‘the light of the world,’ ohro shel olam (אורו של עולם). The symbol of this holy spiritual light was the Temple lamp, the menorah (מנורה), which emanated light through the unusual windows of the Sanctuary. These windows were made narrower on the inside, bringing less sunlight into the Sanctuary, but maximizing the spiritual light that burst forth to the world. This is symbolic of Israel’s mission to be a “light of nations” (Isaiah 42:6).

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  • PAULINE ALLEN

    HE SAID TO ME, WHAT DO YOU SEE, I SAID! I SEE, AND BEHOLD, A LAMPSTAND ALL OF GOLD, WITH ITS BOWL FOR OIL ON THE TOP OF IT AND ITS SEVEN LAMPS ON IT WITH SEVEN SPOUTS BELONGING TO EACH OF THE LAMPS WHICH ARE ON THE TOP OF IT.

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