Beha’alotcha – Don’t Just Turn the Lights On

When inspiring or motivating others, it is insufficient to ‘turn the switch on’ and then ask the student to fend for him/herself. We must ensure that the lit flame burns on, and not flicker out soon after being ignited. This is the meaning of the use of the verb ‘to raise a flame’ used in this week’s Parsha at the beginning. To ‘raise a flame’ means to ensure that the receiver of our effort is truly self-sufficient to carry on the mission intended. Even more important than igniting the initial enthusiasm is to ensure the continuous burning of the spiritual flame within.