Day 1 - Week 36

Written on 05/23/2021

Numbers 8:1-14

Adonai said to Moshe, 

“Tell Aharon, ‘When you set up the lamps, the seven lamps are to cast their light forward, in front of the menorah.’” 

Aharon did this: he lit its lamps so as to give light in front of the menorah, as Adonai had ordered Moshe. 

Here is how the menorah was made: it was hammered gold from its base to its flowers, hammered work, following the pattern Adonai had shown Moshe. This is how he made the menorah.

Adonai said to Moshe, 

“Take the L’vi’im from among the people of Isra’el and cleanse them. 

Here is how you are to cleanse them: sprinkle the purification water on them, have them shave their whole body with a razor, and have them wash their clothes and cleanse themselves. 

Then they are to take a young bull with its grain offering, which is to be fine flour mixed with olive oil; while you take another bull for a sin offering. 

You are to present the L’vi’im in front of the tent of meeting and assemble the entire community of the people of Isra’el. 

10 You will present the L’vi’im before Adonai, the people of Isra’el will lay their hands on the L’vi’im

11 and Aharon will offer the L’vi’im before Adonai as a wave offering from the people of Isra’el, so that they may do Adonai’s service. 

12 The L’vi’im will lay their hands on the heads of the bulls; the one you will offer as a sin offering and the other as a burnt offering to Adonai to make atonement for the L’vi’im

13 You are to place the L’vi’im before Aharon and his sons and offer them as a wave offering to Adonai

14 In this way you will separate the L’vi’im from the people of Isra’el, and the L’vi’im will belong to me.


Zechariah 2:14-4:7

14 “Sing, daughter of Tziyon; rejoice! For, here, I am coming; and I will live among you,” says Adonai

1When that time comes, many nations will join themselves to Adonai. “They will be my people, and I will live among you.” Then you will know that it was Adonai-Tzva’ot who sent me to you. 

16 Adonai will take possession of Y’hudah as his portion in the holy land, and he will again make Yerushalayim his choice. 

17 Be silent, all humanity, before Adonai; for he has been roused from his holy dwelling.’”

He showed me Y’hoshua the cohen hagadol standing before the angel of Adonai, with the Accuser standing at his right to accuse him. 

Adonai said to the Accuser, “May Adonai rebuke you, Accuser! Indeed, may Adonai, who has made Yerushalayim his choice, rebuke you! Isn’t this man a burning stick snatched from the fire?” 

Y’hoshua was clothed in garments covered with dung, and he was standing before the angel, 

who said to those standing in front of him, “Take those filthy garments off of him.” Then to him, he said, “See, I am taking your guilt away. I will clothe you in fine robes.” 

I said, “They should put a clean turban on his head.” So they put a clean turban on his head and gave him fine robes to wear, while the angel of Adonai stood by. 

Then the angel of Adonai gave Y’hoshua this warning: 

Adonai-Tzva’ot says this: ‘If you will walk in my ways, obey my commission, judge my house and guard my courtyards; then I will give you free access among these who are standing here. 

Listen, cohen gadol Y’hoshua, both you and your colleagues seated here before you because these men are a sign that I am going to bring my servant Tzemach [Sprout]. 

For look at the stone I have put in front of Y’hoshua: on one stone are seven eyes; I will engrave what is to be written on it,’ says Adonai-Tzva’ot; ‘and I will remove the guilt of this land in one day. 

10 When that time comes,’ says Adonai-Tzva’ot, ‘you will all invite each other to join you under your vines and fig trees.’”

Then the angel that had been speaking with me returned and roused me as if he were waking someone up from being asleep, 

and asked me, “What do you see?” I answered, “I’ve been looking at a menorah; it’s all of gold, with a bowl at its top, seven lamps on it, and seven tubes leading to the lamps at its top. 

Next to it are two olive trees, one on the right side of the bowl and the other on its left.” 

I then asked the angel speaking with me, “What are these, my Lord?” The angel speaking with me said, 

“Don’t you know what these are?” I said, “No, my Lord.” 

Then he answered me, “This is the word of Adonai to Z’rubavel: ‘Not by force, and not by power, but by my Spirit,’ says Adonai-Tzva’ot

‘What are you, you big mountain? Before Z’rubavel you will become a plain; and he will put the capstone in place, as everyone shouts, “It’s beautiful! Beautiful!”’