(In a similar vein, the Maggid of Dubno - HaRav Yaakov Krantz zt”l, in Ohel Yaakov - teaches us that Hashem specifically wanted us to give things that are special to us, as that shows love, and we are giving our love and our heart).
11) We are told that the Aron and the Menorah represent Torah scholars: So, HaRav Yitzchok Zilberstein shlita quotes from his father-in-law, HaRav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv zt”l: And he explains: The Aron, which stayed “behind closed doors” - i.e. in private - represents the fact that a Torah Sage must sometimes stay in private and to themselves. However, says Rav Elyashiv zt”l, the Menorah, which shone light on all its surroundings, represents that a Sage also needs to go out and light up the world. (Quoted in Aleinu L’Shabeiach).
I wish every single person a wonderful week!