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In this week's Parsha, Beha'alotcha, Aharon is instructed on
how to light the Menorah, and did as he was told, and "did not
deviate". Why were we told that Aharon did not deviate? In order
to understand this, we must first appreciate what's been
happening in Aharon's life at the time: On the first day of
Nissan of that year, the Mishkan was complete, Aharon gave the
first public Birkat Kohanim (priestly blessings), and each
tribe's leader brought their own personal offering in
celebration. The Medrash Tanchuma says that Aharon was sad that
his tribe was the only one that wasn't able to contribute with
his own Korban offering. Still, Aharon accept everyone else's
Korban, as he was instructed, as well as performing his role of
lighting the Menorah also as he was instructed.
Rav Meir of Premishlan explains that it turned out that Aharon
was given the only commandment that would endure forever
(candle-lighting endures today as Friday night candles, as
lighting the Menorah on Chanukah, etc)! This was especially
fitting for Aharon who was described in the Midrash as a "man of
the people", for he would regularly walk among the nation and
mingle with them, looking to help anyone, be it with teaching
them Torah, how to pray, or resolving arguments. Rav Meir
explains that even after Aharon was given the most prestigious
task of lighting the Menorah, he still "did not deviate", and
continued to mingle with the Jews. It is this very Midda of
guiding others that the lighting of the Menorah represented!
Aharon's actions beg the question: Do we mingle and help others,
or are we too busy with our jobs and lives to bother?