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The Sharia of Moses in the TORA
Part 1 - The 248 Positive Commandments of the Tora

25 - PRIESTS KINDELING THE LAMPS


Exodus 27:21 -- “In the tabernacle of meeting, outside the veil which is before the Testimony, Aaron and his sons shall tend it from evening until morning before the LORD. It shall be a statute forever to their generations on behalf of the children of Israel.”
Exodus 30:7 -- “Aaron shall burn on it sweet incense every morning; when he tends the lamps, he shall burn incense on it.”

By this injunction, the priests are commanded to kindle the lamps continually before the Lord.

According to Maimonides, the lamps of the candlestick were to be trimmed and kindled twice daily, in the morning and in the evening, and were always to be burning. In the opinion, of most scholars, however, all the lamps were to be kindled only in the evening, while in the morning only the Western Lamp was to be lighted.*

* Mid. III, 9, Comm.

“A candlestick was put in front of the curtain, as a sign of honor and distinction for the sanctuary… And the Law lays great stress on our holding the sanctuary in great estimation and regard, and that at the sight of it we should be filled with humility, mercy, and soft-heartedness.”*

* Moreh Nebuchim III, 45

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