The Missing Light

The Skulener Rebbe (Rebbe Eliezer Zusia) zt’l would say that on Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Succos, we build a beautiful (spiritual) edifice, which is the source for bounty and blessings for the new year. Yet, something is missing. There is no light!

Everyone understands that if you have a building without electricity, the building isn’t finished yet. Something essential is missing.

Similarly, the new year without light isn’t complete. Chanukah adds the light. Now the new year is complete. The light is the joy of Yiddishkeit and happiness with the mitzvos. That is the light of Chanukah, which we add into the new year.

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There With You

Believe with emunah sheleimah that when you stand to light Chanukah lecht, all the sparks of your soul and of your fathers’ and grandfather’s neshamos, all the way up to Adam HaRishon are standing there with you. This occurs to every Yid who lights Chanukah lecht, as these neshamos hope that perhaps with your inspiration by Chanukah lecht, they will merit a rectification and they can reach their origin and source.

~ The Meir Einei Chachamim (12:2)

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Hallel of Chanukah

Hallel on Chanukah shouldn’t be said like Hallel on Rosh Chodesh, because Hallel on Rosh Chodesh is a minhag, while the Hallel on Chanukah is a mitzvah. ~ The Chebiner Rav zt’l

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We May Not See It, But…

Every candle that is lit for a mitzvah is extremely holy. If we had ruach hakadosh, we would perceive the future when we light those candles. They tell us prophecy and resemble the times that the navi spoke and told us what he heard from Hashem’s mouth. ~ The Kav HaYashar (96)

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The Primary Mitzvah

In my opinion, the primary mitzvah is that the one who lit the lecht should be near the lecht for half an hour, to look at them, and be happy with them. ~ The Chavas Ya’ir

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The Miracle of the 1st Night of Chanukah

The Beis Yosef asks: Why do we celebrate the first day of Chanukah? It seems that no miracle occurred on that day. The Chashmonaim found a jug of oil that had just enough to last one day, so the menorah lighting of the first day wasn’t really a miracle.

The Alter of Kelm zt’l answers that on the first night of Chanukah, we are celebrating the miracle that oil burns – for that too is a nes! It is natural, but a miracle, nonetheless. The Alter explains that nature is the greatest miracle. Although we generally celebrate miracles where there is a change in nature, like the menorah burning for 8 days, or the weak small Chashmonaim beating the large powerful Greek army, here, on the first night of Chanukah, we celebrate and recognize the miracles of nature as well, that oil creates light.

~ R’ Elimelech Biderman Shlita

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Hey, I beat you!

You’re lying in bed, exhausted, about to fall asleep, and your phone rings.

It’s your friend. She needs help and wants to know if you can come over.

You can sigh and say no. You can sign and say yes. Or you can do something more.

You can say, “Oh wow, I happen to be not far, of course I’ll be right there.”

It’s so hard. You just want to sleep.  But then, when you get back home you can look in the mirror and say, “Hey, I beat you.”

The hardest person in the world to win again is yourself, because you know the truth. You know the challenges, you know the weaknesses. You know what’s real and what’s not.

So when you really overcome what you wanted to do, that’s called winning!

~ R’ Zecharia Wallerstein Shlita

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Don’t Give In

The more someone gives in to his desires, the more new desires arise and he never finds true satisfaction. ~ Madraigas Haadam: ubocharta b’chayim

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That Idea You Had

Every Yid must believe with everything he does: parnassah, his other worldly deeds, and also in regards to spirituality and avodas Hashem, that the idea that came to his mind regarding what he should do was sent to him from Heaven to direct him in the right path, so he should earn money in his financial endeavors, because Hashem wanted, at that time, that he should earn money.

Or, chas veshalom the opposite, when Hashem wants him to lose money, Hashem places into his heart a thought to do such and such, and thereby he loses money. ~ The Meor Einayim

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Reb Eliyahu Lopian zt’l compared time to a travel bag. If one packs his bag in an orderly fashion, there will be plenty of space for all his belongings. But if he throws in his clothing without folding them and without an order, the bag will soon be filled, and there won’t be enough space for all his belongings.

Time is similar. If one is cautious and orderly with his time, he will see that there is plenty of time for everything. But if one is careless with time and lets the days slip by, he won’t have time for anything.

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