Lamplighters

13 Tammuz, 5722 · July 15, 1962

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Lamplighters: 13 Tammuz, 5722 · July 15, 1962

A Chassid once asked the Rebbe Rashab: “What is a Chassid?” The Rebbe Rashab answered: “A Chassid is a lamplighter.” Asked the Chassid, “What if the lamp is in a desert?” The Rebbe responded: “He must go and kindle the lamp, so that the person will see that he is in a desert.” “And what if the lamp is at sea?” “In that case, he must remove his garments and jump into the sea to light the lamp.”
Lubavitcher Rebbe
Lamplighters
13 Tammuz, 5722 · July 15, 1962
Disc 73, Program 292

Event Date: 13 Tammuz 5722 - July 15, 1962

A Chassid once asked the Rebbe Rashab: “What is a Chassid?” The Rebbe Rashab answered: “A Chassid is a lamplighter.” Asked the Chassid, “What if the lamp is in a desert?” The Rebbe responded: “He must go and kindle the lamp, so that the person will see that he is in a desert.” “And what if the lamp is at sea?” “In that case, he must remove his garments and jump into the sea to light the lamp.”

A person may be living in a ‘desert’ – he may be so devoid of any spiritual quality, that it is hard to find in him any trace of humanity… Nevertheless, if you kindle his G-dly soul, he will realize the truth of his situation and begin to grow and develop until the ‘desert’ disappears, and ultimately, as the verse states: “He will transform the desert into a Garden of Eden.”

“Water symbolizes Torah” – Suppose someone is ‘a sea,’ he is filled with Torah – yet he lacks the basic fear of G-d. If you try to approach him with your ‘garments’ – Mitzvos or Torahexplanations – you will not affect him. But when you ‘go out of yourself,’ and you ‘jump into the sea’ – when you go with self-sacrifice, then the essence of your soul bonds to the essence of his soul, and even the ‘lamp in the sea’ becomes lit.

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Anonymous Holly wood November 13, 2014

Moshiach By being lamplighters we can bring Moshiach NOW!!!! Reply

Shlomo Zalman Beauchamp Rio Rancho, New Mexico via chabadnm.org April 15, 2010

Lamplighters... If only we could all be lamplighters... Reply

Chana April 11, 2010

let's light away! Reply

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