And he made the candlestick of pure gold: of beaten work made he the candlestick, even its base, and its shaft; its cups, its knops, and its flowers, were of one piece with it. EXODUS 37:17 (The Israel Bible™)
The excerpt from this week’s Torah portion teaches us about the Menorah of the Tabernacle. Made of pure gold, the Menorah was lit with pure olive oil and gave off a radiant light. The light of the Menorah is symbolic of the Jewish Nation’s duty to spread the light of Torah and God’s will. The pure gold and olive oil are reflective of the pure intentions necessary to influence the nations of the world for the sake of Heaven.