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Posted on February 21, 2017 (5778) By Mordechai Lewis | Series: | Level:

“You shall command the Children of Israel that they shall bring to you pure olive oil, that is pressed to… light a candle continuously.”

Why did the olive oil have to be pressed? Rashi says, “Only oil for lighting had to be pressed rather than ground because this oil had to be absolutely pure, without olive particles of sediment. Even though such impurities could be filtered out, later on, the sense of the posuk is that the oil had to be absolutely pure from the start…”

Similarly, Rabbi Yitzchak Berkowitz says, “When a person tries to mix spirituality (i.e. Torah) and materialism, he will find out that they constantly compete for his attention…”  In addition, one who accustomed to pampering himself with all forms of pleasure will have a hard time forcing himself to invest the necessary effort to acquire to true Torah knowledge.

What do a light and candle represent? Shlomo HaMelech says, “For a mitzvah is a candle and Torah is light.”

Tamid means continually. Rashi says, “The Menorah had to remain lit only from evening until morning, as stated in the next posuk, but it was continual in the sense that it was kindled every single day without exception, even on Shabbos.” Torah isn’t something that one only learns when it’s convenient for him. For Avos tells us, “Do not say, ‘When I have free time I will learn,’ because you may not have free time.” As the Gemara says, “When they escort a person to his final Heavenly judgment after his death, [the Heavenly tribunal] says to him, ‘…Did you set aside fixed times for Torah study daily?’” That’s why the Gemara says, “Torah study requires constant strengthening.”



  • In memory of: Miriam Liba bas R’ Aharon – a tzadeikes in our time; R’ Ayreh Moshe Eliyahu ben Shmuel, R’ Yisrael Meir ben R’ Ezriel, Avraham Yosef ben Meir Dovid, Zushe Yosef ben Shmuel Tzvi, Esther Perel bas R’ Shlomo, Miriam bas Zelig Shaul, Menachem ben Shimon, Dovid Tzvi ben Yosef Yochanan, Kayla Rus bas Bunim Tuvia, Dovid ben Uri HaLevi, Dovid Avraham ben Chiya Kehos, Rafael Chaim Yitzchak Yaakov ben Binyamin Yehudah, Yosef ben Moshe HaLevi, Tuvyah Shlomo ben Naftali Tzvi HaKohein, Altah Soshah Devorah bas Aryeh Leibush, Mashah Tzivyah bas R’ Shlomo Zalman, Shmuel Dovid HaLevi ben R’ Yosef Moshe HaLevi and all the other departed souls of our nation.


  • For the complete recovery of Chayah Malka bas Bas-Sheva, Menachem ben Rivka, Rivka bas Esther Rochel and among the other sick ones of our nation.


  • In the merit that: Hashem should help all singles find their zivug. Tanna D’vei Eliyahu Rabbah states that one must work in order to receive Hashem’s blessing, as can be derived from, “In order that Hashem, your G-d, will bless you in all your handiwork” – i.e., you must provide some handiwork for G-d’s blessing to be applied to (see The Six Constant Mitzvos by Rabbi Yehuda Heimowitz and Rabbi Shai Markowitz, page 80, note 8). Therefore, go to


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