The eighth section of the Book of Exodus begins with G-d telling Moses to command the Jewish People to provide the oil to be used to fuel the lamps of the Tabernacles Menorah. He then began to describe how to fashion the special garments of the priests.

G-d says to Moses: “you must draw your brother Aaron to you, together with his sons, to minister to Me (as priests)”. (28:1)

It would seem that we should all want to be priests, consecrated to G-d. This is indeed worthy, but if it were to be put into practice, it would undermine the purpose of creation. G-d created us not to be angels but human beings, who live in the mundane world. Only this way can we elevate the world, refine it, and fill it with Divine Consciousness.

On the other hand, in order to elevate the world, we need to preserve an image of the totally Divine way of living that we are striving to elevate it to. Hence, a select minority of the people had to live outside of this ideal practice; they were the priests.

Similarly, we must all consecrate a portion of our personality, to the sole purpose of serving G-d. By installing this inner priest, “we can then relate to the world at large as we are meant to, guiding and leading it to its Divine fulfilment. This is how we fulfil G-d’s promise to us when He gave the Torah:” you will be unto Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.”

Light you candles this Friday – Purim 26th February by 5.17pm

Shabbat terminates at 6.27pm.

Rabbi Sufrin’s, zoom Havdalah service will be at 7.05pm