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SADNESS IN WHAT DIRECTION?
"Crushed (olives) for (making the) light" This verse discusses the process of making oil for the Menorah lights. It can also be interpreted in a homiletical sense. Feelings of sadness and unfulfillment can be beneficial if they lead to selfimprovement. Alternately, they can be harmful, when they lead to depression. This thought can be seen in our verse, crushed for light. Crushed can refer to being broken in spirit. This is only acceptable when the feeling is used for the light, or self improvement and enlightenment. Any other form can be destructive. (Choshva LaTovah - Maayana Shel Torah)
IN THE EYES OF THE BEHOLDER
V'Oseeso Vigdei Kodesh L'Aharon Ocheecho L'Chovod V'Lisifores V'Atah
Tidaber Ell Kol Chachmei Lev Asher Milaisiv Ruach Chochma V'Asu Ess Bigdei Aharon Likadsho Likhuno Li
"And you shall make clothes of holiness for Aharon (Aaron) your brother for honor and glory. And you shall speak to all the wise of the heart that I have filled with the spirit of wisdom and they shall make the clothes for Aharon to sanctify him and to (initiate) him as a priest." The priestly garments appeared to have two effects. One was honor and glory. The other was for sanctification. Those who percieved the clothes in a superficial manner saw only the "honor and glory". Those who were "wise of heart" had a deeper insight. They understood that these clothes were more than just beautiful garments. Rather, they were articles of holiness capable of enhancing the holiness of its wearer. It was the "wise of heart" who made the clothes. With every stitch they crafted the garments with the intention to sanctify and initiate the High Priest, not to merely enhance his honor and glory. (R' Shimon Sofer)