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The Power of the Light of Shabbat

Friday, 29 October, 2010 - 3:38 pm

Dear Friends,

Last Friday, 25 minutes before candle lighting, I'm in the car, finally on my way home... and I see at the corner of my eye, the white box on the passenger seat... I forgot to deliver the "Light of Shabbat" box!  What do I do now?  

One side of me said - how can you cancel this Mitzvah of bringing the Shabbat-kit to the patient in the hospital, when you promised you would?!... The other internal voice said - you were busy with important things all day, Shabbat is almost here, and you need to be home right away, the guest are coming, and anyways, being that you have only a few minutes, it won't be nice to visit someone in the hospital in such a rush!

Before I had time to decide one way or another I was at the parking lot of the hospital. I was literally running into the hospital, and I found myself in the room of this wonderful woman from the Cowichan Valley who had broke her hip and was hospitalized last week.

She seemed very happy to see me, and was pretty surprised that it was so close to sunset... We had a brief conversation, I apologized that I needed to rush back home for Shabbat, and I started running out of the hospital again. I arrived home just in time for candle lighting catching my breath...

On Tuesday there was an email in my inbox:

"I want to thank you so very much for your visit last Shabbat evening.  I can't begin to tell you how very much it meant to me.  I got permission to light the candles on my window sill.  They gave me a metal tray to put them on.  I felt truly blessed at having the opportunity to observe Shabbat at the hospital.  For that I thank you from the bottom of my heart".

The power of the light of Shabbat... 

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