“Hammered-out shall the Menorah be made.”
~ Exodus 25:31
Arguably Judaism’s most recognised symbol, the Menorah expresses our mission to shine light into a dark world.
None of the other Temple-vessels needed a description of their manufacturing process, so why specify that the Menorah must be “hammered-out”?
Because the Menorah represents wisdom and spiritual growth, which are only attained through effort and even pain.
The growth we seek emerges from the ‘hammering’ we experience from life’s challenges. It’s not pleasant while we’re taking it, but the result is beautiful.