“You shall command the children of Israel to take for you clear olive oil, crushed for illumination, to keep the lamp burning continually” (Exodus 27:20).
The Midrash teaches: When someone wants to make a window, he makes it wide inside and narrow outside. Why? To bring the light inside. But the windows of the Holy Temple were wide on the outside and narrow on the inside. Why? So that the light would leave the Temple and illuminate the world. (Midrash Tanchuma B’ha’aloscha 2)
By Rabbi Michael Skobac
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