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A little light chases away a lot of darkness.

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A Little Light

KabbalaToons: Episode XIV


A Little Light: KabbalaToons: Episode XIV

A little light chases away a lot of darkness.
Candle, Lamplighter, Darkness, Light, Menorah, Chanukah

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Yes, I know this experiment looks ridiculous. Who would imagine that letting darkness out of a bottle could affect anything? And who says darkness is something that fits in a bottle, anyways?

But, you see, it’s a way of making a point: darkness is not a thing. It’s just an absence of light. Just like cold is an absence of warmth, silence is an absence of sound and zero is an absence of anything at all.

And evil is nothing more than an absence of goodness.

Now, this lesson is a very practical one. If you had a dark basement and you thought darkness was a real something, you wouldn’t just screw in light bulbs. You would first start up a war with the darkness, to weaken it or chase it away. You might even be afraid to bring some light into there, since the darkness might conflict with it, or even dirty it up a little.

But since you know that darkness is no more than an absence of light, you do the wiring, install the light fixtures, bring in some light, and now you can even bring in the ping-pong table.

The same with fighting all the challenges of life. You might choose to go head-on with battering ram and catapult against the obstacles holding you back in life. You might even put aside all the good things you are doing, to focus your energies on a full assault against all that rotten stuff out there. Argue with the boss, criticize your spouse, tell off the kids, complain about the weather, the recycling, the traffic and everything else that needs fixing.

What a waste of energy! What you really need to do is focus even more intensely on light. Talk about whatever good people are doing and they’ll do more. Praise your wife’s dinner or your husband’s smile. Catch the kids doing things right. Look at whatever you are doing that is good, and grab more of the same. Instead of being a darkness buster, become a lamplighter—and one bright morning you’ll wake up and find the darkness has dissipated away.

Written and conceived by Tzvi Freeman. Rabbi Freeman is available for public speaking and workshops. Read more on his bio page.
Music by The Piamentas
Rabbi Infinity played by Andrew Torres
Animation and SFX by Pilar Newton of Pilar Toons
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Dovid Mata Detroit, Michigan December 7, 2010

Who singing that song at the end of cartoon? Whats the name of the artist at the end of the cartoon? That song rocks! Reply

Sir Netanel Ben-Yehoshua December 2, 2010

:) Special thanks to Rabbi Tzvi Freeman Reply

valerie france December 1, 2010

I love the song! Where can I get this song, or listen to it in full?
Rabbi Infinity you are cool! Reply

Jay Toronto December 16, 2009

Darkness Jar! Where can I get a darkness jar? Thats so cool! Reply

Madeline Bratter Middle Island, NY December 12, 2009

A Little Light I loved it, especially the music thank you Reply

morozow kids October 4, 2009

we love kabbala toons! ;) They are very cute videos! Reply

David Amsterdam June 20, 2009

Song? I really enjoyed the episode, as always. I have a minor question though - what is the song playing at the end of the cartoon? Reply

David January 6, 2008

Re: Avoiding trouble (darkness) vs. assualting tro Think about when you're taking a shower. If the water is too hot, there are 2 ways to cool it down: 1.) You remove some hot water, and 2.) You add more cold water. Both actions will give you the effect you're seeking, but both represent different paradigms. One is subtractive and one is additive. The same way, the lesson here is that sometimes instead of trying to destroy evil, and focus only on evil, you should try to focus on and proliferate good.

There's a story about some holocaust survivors. As a rabbi was going by each of them and asking if they needed anything, one man was visibly upset. He said he couldn't accept religion anymore, because one man who had a siddur, would take people's bread as a fee for using it. He couldn't believe how callous such a person could be. The rabbi told him, instead of focusing on that man, focus on the ppl who were ready to give up their daily bread to pray! Ironic that the same story teaches us both how good and how not so good some can be. Reply

Tzvi Freeman December 20, 2007

Re: Round Menorah We really wanted a menorah the way Maimonides draws it--with straight arms. However, the artist was unaware of this. By the time it was done, we had a choice to either redo a lot of work or have it out for Chanukah. In this case, we felt the second choice was more important.

But, you're right, we should follow the Rambam's opinion and not the Roman oppressive image. Reply

s December 20, 2007

Episode XIV I really like most of the episodes. Thank you VERY much!!!
One slight comment regarding the Menorah on the table... according to the Rebbes, it seems like making a ROUND menorah advances the Greek idea, whereas, by making a correct one is promoting the Holy Temple (or at least a flat one - neutral).
Thanks again. Reply

Joe Siegel Fox Island, WA via December 9, 2007

Avoiding trouble (darkness) vs. assualting trouble Good message, but I see a bit of a contradiction. In one of your previous lessons, you showed a carpet (representing the path of life I assume) waving back and forth, representing the road of life fraught with overcoming difficulties. The lesson there was that by sumounting obstacles yourself, you can make the road of life smoother for others, therby accomplishing a good deed/mitzvah. Although I agree simply complaining about obstacles is counterproductive, someone has to "assualt" the difficulties of life for the betterment of others. This includes everything from bettering traffic flow, to overcoming despotic rulers. This lesson had a great message, but could be looked with conflicting philosophies.
Regards and Baruch Ashem. Reply

Anonymous Thornhill, Ont December 8, 2007

It really might be nice for us to get a kabbalah toon that often, but then again, we can always pick up a Tanya, Chumash or likutei sichos and in that manner serve G-d with a simple heart. Reply

Anonymous Chicago, usa December 6, 2007

can you do one kabbala toons every day Reply

Michal Evenari Tittling, Germany December 6, 2007

Light is stronger I always have to be reminded, that light is stronger than the darkest darkness.
If I would always remember it, life would be much easier.
I like that Rabbi in the picture and I like his beard and his voice. I start to smile, when I see him, even before he said a word.
Congratulations, Rabbi Freeman! Reply

arjeh lieo gur Schwabach, Germany December 5, 2007

Your Video It is exenlent, gives me hope Reply

Ari Edson Thornhill, Ont December 5, 2007

Thank you very much. Reply

Anonymous Greenville, SC December 3, 2007

Let the Light in I so needed to read this today. (I'm not suggesting that today has been bad...actually, it's been pretty good, but sometimes I get focused on the darkness and forget about how powerful the light is.) Thank you. Reply

Roxanne (goy) December 3, 2007

Wow That was an incredible lesson.

I can't wait to see more from R' Infinity! <3 Reply

Yossi California December 2, 2007

Funny... Just something a little funny that's been happening to me since maybe episode 8 or 9; every week I have some major lesson that I learn (kind of a life lesson), and every upcoming Sunday of that week, when I check out the new KabbalaToons episode, it has to do with that lesson that I've learned taht week.

For example: last week I "got rid of" my fear of darkness that I usually have (yes, I'm pretty young) because of many different reasons. And now, here I am checking out this week's KabbalaToon's episode, which gives even more reinforcement to this "anti-fear movement" that I made. Happy Chanuka! Reply

chaya man, England December 2, 2007

good job way to go i really liked this one - thankyou Reply

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