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The Power of Light

The Power of Light

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We all know the power of darkness—it is in the news every day. A thousand times more is the power of light.

A busy person stopping to do an act of kindness, a small child reaching up to kiss the mezuzah on the door of her room, a flickering candle for Shabbat or Chanukah—each of these are as bursts of light in the nighttime sky.

True, they rarely appear in the daily news. But the darkness of yesterday’s news will pass like the shadows of clouds while light endures forever, accumulating with every burst, until no room is left for darkness to hide.

By Tzvi Freeman
From the wisdom of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, of righteous memory; words and condensation by Rabbi Tzvi Freeman. Subscribe and get your dose daily. Or order Rabbi Freeman’s book, Bringing Heaven Down to Earth, click here.
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Brenda Toronto, Canada December 8, 2015

Attracting the Power of the Light We draw the divine Light through us into the world only if we act with the intention to come closer to G_d's qualities of giving with no expectation of reward for myself.

Performing traditional actions under obligation will not draw the influence of the Light on us;

Studying the Kabbalistic texts, not to gain knowledge but for the sake of awakening the inner forces at war in us, will enable the light to correct them;

giving with the heart and not to get something in return, draws the power of the light for us.

We can only receive the Power of the Light of Hochma that contains wisdom, correction and joy to the extent we can combine it with the light of Hassadim (mercy) - our intention to come closer to Godliness. Reply

Ted Feder SAO PAULO December 1, 2013

light and darkness “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
― Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches Reply

Dr. Josette Kool Alabama December 1, 2013

A Crazy World Dear Rebbe, I am afraid. How can this be possible when the media says that 2M children are being born into the world will be Muslim? Will it be possible that the Jewish flame will die out? What about the land that G-d promised to the Jewish people. The media says that there will only be the Muslim religion as of 2035. What will happen to the Christians and Jews? I am not Jewish, but am a Christian who supports and understands the Jewish religion (which I love). Do you think that G-d will intervene? Reply

Richard in Boca Raton Boca Raton, FL. December 12, 2012

All very nice that a child reaches up to kiss the mezzuzah; but just as nice is the parent who practices what he/she teaches, so that the adult not only remembers it, but does it.

I was raised in a Reform household that only observed a day or two of High Holidays and virtually nothing else. Though my younger brother and I were sent to Sunday School in a conservative synagogue nearby, nothing was reinforced at home. It wasn't until I was an adult that I learned to take my Jewish heritage seriously. Of course, that was reinforced by the creation of the State of Israel, which continues to mean a great deal to me, and now also, to my entire family. moral of the story: Parents: teach your children to be proud and glad that they are Jewish. Educate them to the joy and spirituality of this great, immense religion of the one G-D! There is nothing "ho-hum" about being Jewish! Reply

florene manes December 11, 2012

thank you What would I come to without your words of encouragement every day!? Thank you so much! They help light my way. Reply

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