The Chai Times #76 // Lamplighter in the Sea
Mar 24, 2023 5:58 pm
Today marks the Yohrtzeit - the anniversary of the passing - of the Rebbe Rashab, the 5th Chabad Rebbe.
He was once asked, “Rebbe, what is a chassid?”
Replied the Rebbe: “A chassid is a lamplighter. The lamplighter walks the streets carrying a flame at the end of a pole. He knows that the flame is not his. And he goes from lamp to lamp to set them alight.”
The inquirer probed, “What if the lamp is in a desert?”
“Then one must go and light it,” said the Rebbe. “And when one lights a lamp in a desert, the desolation of the desert becomes visible. The barren wilderness will then be ashamed before the burning lamp.”
Continued the chassid: “What if the lamp is at sea?”
“Then one must undress, dive into the sea, and go light the lamp.”
“And this is a chassid?” he persisted.
For a long while the rebbe thought. Then he said: “Yes, this is a chassid.”
The message is obvious. Our mission is to inspire and brighten those around us, even in the most unexpected, remote places, in order that they carry out their purpose of lighting up the world.
Wishing you an uplifting Shabbat,
Rabbi Mendy & Mussy
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