This Parshah begins with HaShem instructing Aaharon to kindle the Menorah in the Mishkan. The posuk says (8:1-2) “ Vayedaber HaShem el Moishe laimor. Daber el Aron veamarta eylav baalossechah es haneros…”
“And HaShem spoke to Moishe saying: Speak to Aahron and tell him, that when you light up the lamps…”
Rashi here “learns out” from the wording that the possuk teaches us that Aahron had to “light up the lamp until the flame goes up by itself”
Perhaps according to pinimous ( inside deeper meaning) we can explain this as follows:
It is the job of the Tzaddik to serve as an influence and guide to his followers, so that they too can obtain a level of closeness and Devaikos to HaShem through their observance of Torah and Mitzvos.
This is represented in the service of Aaharon lighting up the Menorah.
Aaharon the Kohain Gadol represents the Tzaddik.
He had to light up the olive oil in the lamps of the Menorah.
Chazal tell us that the Jewish people are compared to olive oil, and Torah is compared to fire.
The olive oil representing the Jewish Neshamos are contained in the vessels of the lamps of the menorah the kailim.
Through the Torah the flame, we “ignite” our Neshamos the olive oil from within their lamp vessels, kailim, that will cause us to become transformed to rise “upwards”, to become a Rotzon LeHashpia, and achieve Devakus BaHashem.
How does the olive oil initially become ignited?
By means of the Torah guidance or fire from the Tzaddik.
It is however important to note, that as the earlier mentioned Rashi says:
Aahron had to “light up the lamp until the flame goes up by itself”
Meaning that the “job of the Tzadik is not only to provide influence and guidance, and to act as a conduit to HaShem, but more importantly to see that his followers ultimately obtain these levels of Avodas HaShem “Service of HaShem “ on there own. That can be learnt from Rashi when he says, Aahron had to “light up the lamp until the flame goes up by itself”. Until the Tzadiks followers obtain a Rotzon LeHashpia by themselves.
Thus we most always remember that although a Tzadik may serve as a springboard and booster to help reach Devaikus, we must not “rely on this relationship in place of our own ‘yegiyah” efforts in observing Torah & Mitvoz with the proper Kavonos of Leshma according the best of our abilities.