This week I am humbled and honoured to be writing this week’s message from the Holy Land – Israel and in particular the special City our Capital of Jerusalem. Tonight PG Friday night we will be praying our evening services by the Kossel Hamaravi – The Wailing Wall, where we are taught that our prayers have a direct line to the A-mighty. As we have you all in mind in our prayers, personal and communal, we beseech the Al-mighty that all that one needs, health, wealth, contentment and of course Nachas from our children should be granted from on High to us all without delay. Amen.
The opening words of this week’s sedra is Ba’halosecho – “ when you kindle the lamps…(8.2) Aaron, the High Priest instruction to kindle the Candelabra in the Temple., Spiritually, lighting the lights means lighting our own souls and the souls of others, as Kind Solomon says, The lamp of G-d is the lamp of man. The flame of a candle constantly flickers upwards, as if yearning to leave the wick behind and ascend to the heavens. The soul shares this nature, constantly striving to break free of its boundaries imposed on it by the body and the physical world and reconnect with its spiritual source.
At time however, this nature becomes dormant. The soul is so blinded by its surroundings that it forgets its natural thirst for Divinity. This is why the lamps must be kindled. They must be reminded of their innate desire to ascend.
With G-d’s answers to our prayers, and the kindling of our inner spark of Divinity it’s going to be a great Shabbos and successful week to follow.
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