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April 26, 2018
Rabbi Eytan Yehudah Dzikowski
How long would the Western Lamp last before burning out?
מִחוּץ֩ לְפָרֹ֨כֶת הָעֵדֻ֜ת בְּאֹ֣הֶל מוֹעֵ֗ד יַעֲרֹךְ֩ אֹת֨וֹ אַהֲרֹ֜ן מֵעֶ֧רֶב עַד־בֹּ֛קֶר לִפְנֵ֥י יְהוָ֖ה תָּמִ֑יד חֻקַּ֥ת עוֹלָ֖ם לְדֹרֹֽתֵיכֶֽם׃
Aaron shall set them up in the Tent of Meeting outside the curtain of the Pact [to burn] from evening to morning before the LORD regularly; it is a law for all time throughout the ages.
Despite the fact that all the lamps were filled with the same amount of oil, the Western Lamp was always the last to burn out, even though it was always the first to be lit.
In fact, when the Jewish people were worthy, the Western Lamp never went out. It was only from the time of Shimon HaTzaddik onwards, that it would go out like the other lamps.
(Rashi, Sifra, Rashi Shabboss 22b)
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