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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Passover is just around the corner and we're excited to spread the joy by gifting you a box of delicious Shemurah Matzah!


Shemurah Matzah is a special handmade Matzah baked with love, care, and a whole lotta tradition. You can practically hear the Israelites marching out of Egypt with every bite.

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Of interest:


Who Authored the Passover Haggadah?


New Chassidic Town in Israel to Combine Torah and Tourism


The Chinese Matzah Campaign of 1905

  • Jewish Birthday Initiative:

To mark and celebrate Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka Schneerson's birthday (she was the Grand Rebbetzin of Chabad the birthday is 25 Adar) I am bumping back up our Jewish Birthday Initiative to inspire you to celebrate your Jewish birthday (in addition) to your secular birthdays. 

We can send you a notification regarding your Jewish birthday with the birthday traditions and ideas for celebrating.

Please fill out your information in this form and we will take it from there. (All information remains confidential and secure and is not sold or shared)

Happy Birthday!

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