Sunday, June 19, 2016

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Lighting Lights

​   by Reb Gutman Locks   

Lighting Lights

 

     What happens to a candle flame when you use it to light another candle? Look at the flame when you do it. Rashi says it will not lose anything by doing this, i.e. its own flame will not be diminished.

     Not only does a flame not lose anything by lighting another light, it gets even brighter when it is standing together with the new light. Try it and see. Go help a fellow Jew to put on tefillin, or show a Jewish girl how to light Shabbos candles and see what happens to your light.

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Sunday: Setting the Soul on Fire

Sivan 13, 5776 · June 19, 2016
First Reading: Numbers 8:1–14
Translated and Adapted by Moshe Wisnefsky


The tribal princes did not include Aaron when they brought their offerings for the inauguration of the Altar. G d reassured Aaron by noting that he had inaugurated the Candelabrum, which was just as important – if not more so – than inaugurating the Altar.
Setting the Soul on Fire
בְּהַעֲלֹתְךָ אֶת הַנֵּרֹת וגו': (במדבר ח:ב)
[G-d instructed Moses to tell Aaron,] “When you kindle the lamps.” Numbers 8:2

G‑d instructed Moses to tell Aaron that whenever he would light the lamps of the Candelabrum, he should hold the fire to the wick until it remained burning steadily on its own.

Spiritually, this means that when we “light the flame” of our own soul or the soul of another person, we should not just deliver some quick inspiration and then move on. We should remain near, nurturing the soul’s flame until it becomes a steady and self-reliant glow.1
FOOTNOTES
1. Likutei Sichot, vol. 2, p. 316–317.

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