Next the artisans fashioned the Table of 12 loaves. After this, Moses threw gold for the Candelabrum into the furnace, and G-d fashioned the Candelabrum.Seven Ways to Light up the World
וַיַּעַשׂ אֶת הַמְּנֹרָה זָהָב טָהוֹר וגו’: (שמות לז:יז)
[G-d] made the Candelabrum out of pure gold. Exodus 37:17
The Candelabrum, the source of light in the Tabernacle, signified insight and enlightenment. The sudden and elusive flash of insight and illumination in the mind is similar to a bolt of lightning flashing across a dark sky.
Every Divine soul is a source of Divine illumination. It is in this sense that the soul is metaphorically termed “the lamp of God.” The seven lamps of the Candelabrum signify the seven basic types of Jewish souls. Each type has its particular path in revealing Divinity, based on the seven basic emotions:
(1) the love of God, (2) the awe of God, (3) connecting to God through studying the Torah, (4) overcoming obstacles opposing Godliness in the world, (5) appreciating God’s goodness, (6) the pride in being God’s emissary in the world, and (7) humility.1
1. Likutei Torah 3:29b.