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February 10, 2019
Rabbi Eytan Yehudah Dzikowski
How did they make olive oil in the desert?
וְאַתָּ֞ה תְּצַוֶּ֣ה ׀ אֶת־בְּנֵ֣י יִשְׂרָאֵ֗ל וְיִקְח֨וּ אֵלֶ֜יךָ שֶׁ֣מֶן זַ֥יִת זָ֛ךְ כָּתִ֖ית לַמָּא֑וֹר לְהַעֲלֹ֥ת נֵ֖ר תָּמִֽיד׃
You shall further instruct the Israelites to bring you clear oil of beaten olives for lighting, for kindling lamps regularly.
Because there were no olive trees in the desert, the oil couldn't be prepared in the way the Torah prescribed it.
They were, therefore, forced to use the oil that they took along with them from Egypt which was inspected and approved by Moshe.
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