Daily Aliya for Vayakhel, Shishi (6th Aliya)
Aliya Summary: This Aliya describes the construction of the Menora (With the exception of the oil cups, everything else – the branches, decorative orbs, cups, flowers – was hammered from one piece of gold) and the Incense Altar. The anointing oil and the incense are also prepared.
What’s the significance of having it made of one piece of gold? Perhaps it’s to accentuate the point that it’s not the top of the branch that is most important because it holds the oil, and it’s not the bottom of the base that’s most important because it keep the Menora standing, but every piece is equally important, as is the case with every Jew and every member of society. Everyone has their roles, but we’re all one big piece of gold.