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The Last Word

In recent years Rambam's hand-written sketch of the Menorah has been discovered (shown to the right). Tow key points emerge from the diagram:

a.) The ornamental cups face downwards, as if they are spilling out their contents.

This detail reflects the general purpose of the Temple, which is to "spill out" spiritual light and holiness throughout the entire world. in fact we also find that the windows of the Temple are wide on the outside and narrow within (the reverse of common practive) indicating that light flow outwards from the Temple.

b.) The branches of the Menorah are straight (as in Rashi 25:23), unlike the popular misconception that the branches are curved, as depicted on the Arch of Titus.

Rambam's drawing proves that the image of the vessels of the Tabernacle on the Arch of Titus in Rome, where the Menorah is depicted with curved branches, is inaccurate.

There are several possible reasons for his mistake: a.) Perhaps the artist did not attempt to make a precise image. b.) Titus may never have discovered the Menorah, as many of the holy vessels were hidden. c.)The artist may have attempted to depict a different candelabra altogether.

Whatever the reason may be, the drawing is inaccurate and should not be copied in publications or in Chanukah Menorahs.

(Likutei Sichot vol. 21 pp, 164ff)

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There is a special mission given to Jewish women. each of whom is called the "mainstay of the home," for the conduct of the entire home depends on her. Every Jewish home must be similar to the Sanctuary and Holy Temple in which God's presence resided. It must be pure and holy, so that God can say, "I will dwell within them."

Since the woman is the "mainstay of he home," it is she who makes the home a sanctuary, similar to the Holy Temple of which God says "I will dwell within them."

(Based on Sicha of 27 Elul 5742)



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