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Other than a few parenthetical references, the Mishnah makes no mention of the story and laws of Chanukah. This explains why.
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In Parshat Korach the difference between Moses & Korach is Moses desired to be a Kohen Gadol; Korach & his crew acted to appropriate the rank for themselves
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Parshat Korach relates the story of Korach’s challenge to the authority of Moses & the priesthood of Aaron. The lesson: no human being is irredeemable.
While many of the Torah’s laws are time- & place-specific, their significance is always eternal & universal, such as kindling the menorah in the Holy Temple
The menorah represents man’s potential to “kindle lamps”: to illuminate within his own self, in his fellow man & in the material resources at his disposal.
An important lesson to the spiritual “lamplighter”: do not think that you are achieving anything that your fellow could not, in truth, achieve on his own.
Aaron is the prototype for man’s responsibility for the spiritual elevation of his fellows, which reflects his role as kindler of the menorah in the Temple
Youth have a unique strength derived from the Water Drawing Festival; they sets their sights on a goal and climb straight up. The more mature person takes time and makes calculations for every goal.
One must act unlike himself, like a poor man feasting at a rich man’s table, if he is to transform into a more divine “self” as is his ultimate goal.
Two thousand years ago we washed the dirt from our limbs before spiritual endeavors. Now that dirt is on our faces, and we must find a way to wash it off.