D’ei Chochmah L’Nafshechah Parshas Tetzave
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“And you shall command the children of Yisrael, that they bring to you pure oliveoil crushed for the light, to cause a lamp to burn continually.”
‘[Pure olive oil] crushed’
—The olives were crushed in a press andnot in a mill, to ensure that there was no admixture of leavening. After the first pressing,the olives were removed to the mill for further pressing. This second expression of oilwas unfit for the menorah but was valid for use in the
offerings. As the versesays, ‘[Pure olive oil] crushed
for the light
,’ but not crushed for the
Binding the Souls of the Jewish People to the
The opening statement of the
, “And you shall command [
],”comes from the root
, which implies connection, because connecting with the true
is the main element of Divine service. Hashem revealed this matter of bindingthe
with the souls of the Jewish people to Moshe Rabbeinu, so that when theyare united they become like pure olive oil that fires an eternal flame. Together, they canuplift the
, draw down holy fire and “light brilliant torches” of fervent Divineservice. Genuine
needs to be fired from within, and when it is like a continualflame, it brings satisfaction on high. Then the oil that is crushed for the light is really
for the light
—for the sake of Hashem who is the light of the world.
Then this flame iscontinual—is illuminates the souls of the Jewish people in this world and the next.
The lesson was delivered at the third meal of Shabbos.
See commentary of the Alshich, there.