Aharon is taught the method for kindling the Menorah. Moshe sanctifies the levi'im to work in the Mishkan. They replace the first-born, who were disqualified after sinning at the golden calf. The levi'im are commanded that after five years of training they are to serve in the Mishkan from ages 30 to 50; afterwards they are to engage in less strenuous work. One year after the Exodus from Egypt,
“...And Aharon did thus” (8:3)
At the beginning of time there shone a unique light called the “Ohr Haganuz”, the Hidden Light. With this light you could see from one end of the Creation to the other. It wasn’t that the light was super bright, but you could see the connection between cause and effect.
We live in a world of darkness where events can sometimes seem random and cruel. This is because that light was hidden. Even though the Creator hid away the Ohr Haganuz after it had shone for thirty-six hours, there are times when you can still catch glimpses of its hidden glow...
On the first night of Chanukah we light one candle; on the second night two. Thus after two nights we have lit three candles. If you continue this calculation you will find that the total number of candles that we light on Chanukah is thirty-six. The thirty-six lights of Chanukah correspond to the thirty-six hours during which the Ohr Haganuz shined.
“...and Aharon did thus.”
Rashi comments: “This verse recounts the praise of Aharon, for he did not change.”
If you look at the Genesis account, the phrase “And it was thus” is appended to every creation that the Torah speaks of. Every creation, that is, except one. When the Torah says “Let there be light!” the phrase “And it was thus” is missing. The reason is because
It re-appears in the light of the Chanukah candles.
And it re-appears in the light of the Menorah.
When Aharon lit the Menorah, he caused a tikkun in the world, a spiritual repair that brought back the light to its original pristine state. Aharon’s lighting brought forth a light that “did not change” from the radiance of the Ohr Haganuz.
When the Torah says, “And Aharon did thus,” the ‘thus’ is referring to Aharon returning the light to its state of “And it was thus.”
- Sources: Amodea Sheva; Malbim