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Emor: Recommended Daily

One of my close friends has the following quote on her wall: “People say motivation doesn’t last; well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” Aside from the sharp wit that characterizes my friend, this worldview and general message highlights one of the most fundamental psychological and spiritual realities in existence. Particularly these days when we might struggle to implement routines and daily practices into the “new normal,” it has perhaps never been more important to emphasize the centrality of consistent, day-in, day-out practices to maintain our motivation and inspiration as human beings and as Jews.

In this week’s Parsha, Aharon is commanded regarding the lighting of the Menorah. The Pasuk (24:4) says, “al hamenorah hatehorah yaaroch es haneiros lifnei Hashem tamid,” on the pure Menorah he (the Kohen Gadol) shall arrange