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The Miracle of the Long Candles

The Miracle of the Long Candles


Reb Pesachya from Kherson was a chassid of the Rebbe Rashab, the fifth rebbe of Chabad-Lubavitch. Once, at a Simchat Torah gathering with the rebbe, Reb Pesachya—having already said l'chaim once or twice—stood up and declared:

"The Rebbe always says that he does not perform miracles—but I have a story to tell!

"One summer, I had a private audience with the Rebbe, and the Rebbe told me the following: 'You work in the forests, and sometimes you even need to spend a few days in a row in the forest. When Chanukah arrives, don't forget to bring candles with you. Just make sure that they are big candles.'

"When Chanukah arrived, I indeed needed to spend a few days in the forest. Recalling the Rebbe's words, I brought some large candles with me.

"While in the forest, thieves came upon me, took all my money and said they were going to kill me. I pleaded with them to spare my life, but they said they could not do so, since I would certainly go to the police, who would then pursue them. They said they had no choice but to kill me.

"My continued pleading went nowhere. I asked them if I could have one final request, and they agreed. It is Chanukah, I said, and our tradition requires us to light candles each night. Out of their 'great compassion,' they permitted me to light my candles.

"As I was lighting the candles, a local landowner passed nearby and saw the light. He had a revolver with him, chased away the robbers and saved me."

Concluding his story, Reb Pesachya said, "Is that not a miracle?!"

The Rebbe Rashab said: “Zogt a niggun!” "Someone start a song!"

Shaul Wertheimer is the director of Chabad of Queens College. He has a degree in philosophy from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., and graduated from the Rabbinical College of America in Morristown, N.J. He lives in Queens with his wife and children.
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JoDee Davis December 10, 2014

Blessings At age 26 after my husband and I started a family and had Rochel and Pincus, I became Ill and need a total hysterectomy. Rather than looking down on it I was grateful that I'd had at least 2 children. A week before the surgery 1 of my Dr's said I should get a baseline Mammogram just to make sure everything was ok! When results came back I was shocked to find out I had Breast Cancer. I spoke with my Rabbi and asked why G-d would punish me so. He smiled as he looked at me and said, "You are not being punished. Your children need their mother healthy and well. He sent you to a Doctor and had you not had the Mammogram by the time you would feel the tumor it may very well have been too late to save you." "Then your children would be w/o a mother. It is a blessing:" I follow my life of Blessings for each adds to me an opportunity to learn and to share . Reply

mom of 9 Missouri December 7, 2014

may sound silly but... I know it may sound like a silly thing but I believe miracles come in all different ways. I was once trying to find a parking a space at Wal-Mart. It was after Thanksgiving and the place was packed,, when from my back seat I heard my 2&4 year old say mommy we have to potty. I began to pray for a parking space and when I turned the corner found a front row space. BARUCH HA SHEM :) :) Reply

Shaul Wertheimer Flushing December 7, 2014

Thanks Geoffrey and Dovid. Glad you enjoyed! L'chaim! Reply

Jonathan December 6, 2014

Yes, that's a miracle! :) Reply

Mary Schulmeyer Abingdon December 5, 2014

Miracles Miracles... I have been a nurse for 26 years. For my first 15 years, I worked with kidney and liver transplant patients. To have the skills to remove an organ from one to another is a miracle. To keep that transplanted organ viable, that is a miracle. Parents who have children with liver damage survive because a parent donates a portion of his or her liver. The liver regenerates.
My daughter, now 22 years old, was dead at birth, but He brought renewed life to her. At this age, she has her masters in mechanical engineering. Another miracle... Another gift from Him... Someone so young is able to forge ahead with such knowledge. I believe... I know He provided this plan for her. My deepest praise to Him. My family has been blessed.
My eldest brother passed away 11/9/2014. G-d brought my brother to live with me for the last 3 years of his life. That was my gift/miracle. G-d did not want him to suffer. My brother is at peace without pain. My brother keeps a watchful eye on me. Reply

Geoffrey Lakewood, CA December 5, 2014

Re: The Miracle of the Long Candles Terrific Story Rabbi!!

L'Chaim! Reply

Dovid December 5, 2014

Great story Rabbi! Reply

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