Dvar Torah B’haalotcha 5780

When anyone asks me what my Bat Mitzvah parsha was about, I quickly answer - the Menorah. At twelve years old, I learned very little about the Torah portion itself, being only allowed to chant the Haftarah. Since the verses from Zechariah were about the menorah, I studied its connection to the Torah portion and left it at that. For years I associated this parsha with בְּהַֽעֲלֹֽתְךָ֙ אֶת־הַנֵּרֹ֔ת - when you light the lamps - and that was that.