Yet more on Chanukah

When Shlomo built the Beit Hamikdash, he made for the house windows which were transluscent and sealed (Melachim 1) – i.e. narrow on the inside and wide on the outside – so that the light would radiate outwards from the Beit Hamikdash and not into the Beit Hamikdash from without. This teaches us that the Beit Hamikdash did not require an external source of light. Rather the entire world was sustained by the light that emanated from there.

Similarly, the Menorah which the Kohen Gadol would kindle every evening was not meant to provide light for the Beit Hamikdash but to radiate its sacred light into the homes and souls of Israel.

Rabbi Eliyahu Kitov, Book of Our Heritage

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