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Lamplighters and Free Song

Thursday, 22 December, 2011 - 12:46 pm

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A Word From The Rabbi

 

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Chanukah is the holiday of light and I would like to share with you an enlightening story.

In the olden days, there were no street lights and it was dark at night. But there was a person in every town who would light the street-lamps with a light he carried at the end of a long pole. On the street-corners, the lamps were there in readiness, waiting to be lit; sometimes, however, the lamps were not as easily accessible. There were rural places with few people and there was a need for someone to light even those lamps, so that they may fulfill their purpose and light up the paths for locals and visitors.

One of the messages of Hanukkah is that we must be lamplighters. Our job is to kindle souls. It is written, "The soul of man is the candle of G-d." It is also written, "A Mitzvah – a good deed - is a candle, and the Torah is light." Putting some of our personal affairs aside and setting out to revitalize our fellow is a Jewish value. This applies at all times, as we are always sharing the light of Torah and Mitzvot. There are always people whose souls are yearning - looking for a flame, craving for warmth or even a little light.

The souls are ready and waiting to be kindled. Sometimes they are close, nearby; sometimes they are far they may even be in a desert even or at sea. There must be someone who will forgo his or her own comforts and conveniences, and reach out to light those lamps. Divine Providence brings us to the most unexpected, remote places, in order that they carry out this purpose of lighting up the world. Let us take this holiday and commit to add light in someone else’s life.

May G-d grant that each and every one of us be a dedicated lamp lighter, and fulfill his or her duty with joy and gladness of heart.

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman

Click here for a free download of the song about lamplighters composed and sung by my dear friend Moshe Hecht

 

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