The Way to Space

There should have been given an additional commandment, something to the tune of “You shall read the Torah portion in its entirety, instead of pondering over just the first verse,” but sometimes it seems impossible.

Our current portion opens with a well-known commandment to provide the pure olive oil for the eternal light in the Sanctuary. Or Ha-Chaim rightly states, “the very fact that lighting lamps in a Sanctuary which is supposed to be the source of our enlightenment seem quite inappropriate.”

After all, the Zohar tells us that the Mishkan represents the Creation and the created world as we know it. Here comes the catch. No natural sources of perpetual light are constantly visible to the human eye. The said human has to travel to space to see them.

Thus the only way to, metaphorically saying, reach the space was to ensure the building of such a light by the human hands, using the best possible fuel. So. the perpetual light dispersed the physical and spiritual darkness and ensured the constant connection between the human and the Divine.

About the Author
Nelly Shulman is a journalist and writer currently based in Berlin. She is an author of four popular historical novels in the Russian language. She is working on the fifth novel in this series and on her first English-language novel, a historical thriller set during the Siege of Leningrad. She a Hawthornden Fellow and an alumna of the Nachum Goldmann Fellowship.
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