translated to English
the masses, the ordinary folk, the commoners, hoi pollois
translated to Hebrew
הציבור הרחב פועל בטיפשות - המונים נבערים
Very Powerful Idiom
די נשיאים טוישן זיך, אָבּער די בּהמות בּלײַבּן די זעלבּע
di nesi'im toyshn zikh, ober di beheymes blaybn di zel'be
translated to English
the heads of the nation keep changing but the animals (stupid people, the masses (play on words)) remain the same*
הנשיאים מתחלפים אבל הבהמות נשארים אותו דבר
(על קריאת התורה של חנוכה - הנשיאים)
*The Chanukah reading opens with a resumption of the account (which it left off in the 10th chapter of Leviticus, back in the Parshah of Shemini) of the dedication of the Sanctuary on the 1st of Nissan, one year (less two weeks) after the Exodus.
And it came to pass on the day that Moses had finished setting up the Tabernacle, and had anointed and sanctified it, and all its vessels, and the altar and all its vessels...
The nessi'im of Israel, heads of the house of their fathers, who were the princes of the tribes... approached; and they brought their offering before G-d
The first gift brought by the tribal heads was "six covered wagons and twelve oxen, a wagon for each two nessi'im, and an ox for each one." G-d instructs Moses to accept this gift, and that the wagons and oxen should be used by the Levites to transport the Sanctuary.
Two wagons and four oxen were given to the Gershonites, who transported the Sanctuary's tent-coverings and tapestries. The remaining four wagons and eight oxen were given to the Levite families of Merari, who transported the Sanctuary's 48 wall panels, 167 foundation sockets, 69 posts and other structural components. "But to the sons of Kehat he gave none; because the service of the most holy belonged to them, they bore [the Sanctuary's vessels] on their shoulders."
Twelve Times Thirty-Five
In addition, each nassi brought a separate offering of his own as "a dedication of the altar." Regarding these offerings, G-d instructed: "One nassi each day, one nassieach day, shall bring near his offering for the dedication of the altar."
And he that offered his offering the first day was Nachshon the son of Aminadav, of the tribe of Judah.
And his offering was: One silver dish, the weight of which was a hundred and thirty shekel, and one silver bowl of seventy shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary; both of them were full of fine flour mingled with oil for a meal offering. One spoon of ten shekels of gold, full of incense. One young bullock, one ram, one yearling lamb, for a burnt offering. One kid of the goats for a sin offering. And for a sacrifice of peace offerings: two oxen, five rams, five he goats, five lambs of the first year. This was the offering of Nachshon the son of Aminadav.
The same gift was brought the next day, by Nethanel the son of Zu'ar, prince of the tribe of Issachar:
One silver dish, the weight of which was a hundred and thirty shekel, and one silver bowl of seventy shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary; both of them were full of fine flour mingled with oil for a meal offering. One spoon of ten shekels of gold, full of incense. One young bullock, one ram, one yearling lamb, for a burnt offering. One kid of the goats for a sin offering. And for a sacrifice of peace offerings: two oxen, five rams, five he goats, five lambs of the first year. This was the offering of Nethanel the son of Zu'ar.
The Torah then proceeds to itemize each tribe's gift separately, although each nassi brought the very same 35 items as his offering.
After listing the twelve tribes' offerings on the first twelve days of Nissan, the Torah summarizes:
This was the dedication of the altar, in the day when it was anointed, by the princes of Israel: twelve dishes of silver, twelve silver bowls, twelve spoons of gold... All the silver vessels weighed two thousand four hundred shekels... All the gold of the spoons was a hundred and twenty shekels.
All the oxen for the burnt offerings were twelve bullocks, the rams twelve, the yearling lambs twelve, with their meal offering. The kids of the goats for sin offerings twelve. And all the oxen for the sacrifice of the peace offerings were twenty-four bullocks, the rams sixty, the he goats sixty, the yearling lambs sixty.
"And when Moses would go into the Tent of Meeting to speak with Him, then he heard the voice speaking to him from off the covering that was upon the Ark of Testimony, from between the two cherubim; and it spoke to him."
G-d instructs Aaron to “raise light” in the lamps of the menorah in the Sanctuary, so that "the seven lamps should give light toward the face of the menorah."
And this was the work of the menorah: it was of hammered gold, from its shaft, to its flowers, it was hammered work; according to the pattern which G-d had shown Moses, so he made the menorah.
**בהמה (be'hey'me) in Yiddish means - head of cattle, cow, stupid person, imbecile, fool, moron
Give The Gift Of Continuity!!