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Rabbi Marcus – Beha’alotcha
The Sidra opens with what is arguably one of the most prominent of all our symbols — the seven branched menorah (symbol of the modern State of Israel). The importance of the menorah is evidenced by the fact that it’s kindling was entrusted to Aaron the Cohen Gadol — High Priest. We read of the sanctification of the Levites for their service in the Tabernacle, the construction of the 2 silver shofarot (trumpets) which were used as a means of communication to summon either the chiefs of the 12 tribes, or the entire people — depending on what sounds were blown.