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1)

What is the significance of "ha'Menorah ha'Tehorah"?

1.

Rashi #1: It indicates that the Menoah was made of pure gold. 1

2.

Rashi #2: It teaches that the Kohen had to place the oil for lighting on the gold of the Menorah, 2 and not on the ashes - which had therefore to be removed first.

3.

Ramban (on Pasuk 2, citing the Toras Kohanim): It teaches us that the lamp-holders needed to be placed firmly on the Menorah, and not supported with small pieces of wood or stones. 3


1

This also appears to be the opinion of Targum Onkelos and Targum Yonasan.

2

Rashi: 'Al Taharah shel Menorah'.

3

Ramban 'Al Taharah shel Menorah'.

2)

And what are the ramifications of the words "Lifnei Hashem"?

1.

Ramban: It indicates that Aharon should arrange the Neiros in their correct location in the Heichal, and not arrange them outside and bring the Menorah in afterwards.

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