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Illuminate the World!

Friday, 25 October, 2013 - 2:35 pm

This morning  I sent in the mail a package to a couple who are living in a cabin, somewhere in the center of the island. While they are in financial straits they asked to send them three items. 

The first is Shabbat Candles for Friday night, second are Chanukah Candles for the holiday coming up next month, and third, four Yhartzeit Candles so they can mark both of their parent's memorial days.

When placing the items in the box I was thinking of their special request in their time of distress - light of spiritual significance, just like in a physical darkness we require physical source of light to illuminate it, so too in a time of hardship and challenges we need a light of spirituality and G-dliness to transform it. 

These three kinds of candles represent the three lights that were given to us. To light our home - Shabbat Candles. The light for the world around us -Chanukah Candles, and the legacy of previous generations, which we are responsible to pass on - the yhartzeit candles. 

When we encounter darkness - it is our job to transform it. No darkness can stand spiritual clarity, the  faith of our soul and the hope in our hearts. Let's chase darkness with the tool we were given. 

Thank you friends for inspiring me with your request, good timing too - now I got a story to share in my blog!... 

Comments on: Illuminate the World!

Don Morris wrote...

Thanks Rabbi -
Beautifully expressed!

Marvin Sharpe wrote...

Candles to "illuminate life" is all well and good. But one must also use a form of light, the "light of tzadka". You say they are in financial straits is this phrase not enough to say "how can we help"? Candles may have many meanings but it would seem to me that "food, shelter and warmth" has a priority.

Rabbi Meir Kaplan wrote...

Absolutely, Marvin.
I have connected them with sources for help they need and BH they have been helped. I was still very impressed with their request to add spiritual light to life in a challenging time.
Gut Shabbos!
Rabbi Kaplan