וידבר ה' אל משה לאמר, דבר אל אהרן ואמרת אליו בהעלותך את הנרות אל מול פני המנורה יאירו שבעת הנרות.
“And Hashem spoke to Moshe so to Moshe so to speak: Speak withAharon and tell him: ‘When youbring up the lights towards the front of the Menorah you shall light seven candles.’” (Bamidbar 8:2)
Rashi asks why theverse uses the word B’haloscha, which means “when you bringup” the lights. This is an interesting way of saying that Aharonshould light the Menorah. Rashi explains: “And more have our sages taught, thatfrom here we learn that there were steps in front of the Menorah on whichAharon stood when shining the Menorah.” Rashi’s usually writes, when citing theopinion of our sages, that “some say this or that.” What does Rashi mean bysaying “more have our sages taught”?
There is much to belearned from this verse. We have just finished a seven-week countdown toShavuos. Each week, we focused on rectifying and perfecting one of the sevenmidos (spiritual attributes). A person may think that now, after Shavuos, he isperfect and he no longer has to work on himself.
This verse is tellingus that a person should never think he is perfect, or that he has achievedspiritual perfection. A Jew must always continue to grow, to go forward andgain new heights in spiritual fulfillment.
“When you bring up thelights… you shall light seven candles...” Even after you’ve already lit theseven candles, and you have already “brought up” the seven spiritual attributesby working on yourself to become better in all seven midos, you should rememberthat your work is not finished. This is why Rashi says: “and more have oursages taught.” Our sages are letting us know that there is still more to workon. “There were steps in front of the menorah... when shining the Menorah.”Even if you’ve already lit the seven midos, you can still shine even more. Youcan continue to grow higher in more areas of avodas Hashem. There is not limitto the greatness you can achieve when you continue taking one step at a time toreach the spiritual light of Hashem.
In the merit of striving to reach higher levels of avodas Hashem, may allwho are in need of a refuah merit a full recovery, and those in need of nechamashould be fully consoled. May we all merit greeting Moshiach speedily in ourdays, Amen.