Chanuka was established on the day when two things happened – triumph at war as well as the miracle of the cruse of oil, two distinct matters that occurred on different occasion. * From Likkutei Sichos Vol. 30, pg. 204-208. * Continued from last issue.
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Since receiving a letter from the Rebbe, R’ Mordechai Kanelsky puts up public menorahs on bridges, at airports, and other locations that are seen by the masses, bringing the light of Chanuka to fifteen million people!
“We are the Rebbe’s Reservists. There are the bachurim, the shluchim and the rabbanim who comprise the army regulars. We married men, Anash, are the reservist soldiers. We work at various jobs, earn our living from this and that, but every person needs to find time when he is ‘in the reserves’ and devotes this time to mivtzaim.”
The Rebbe said repeatedly that spreading Torah and Judaism is not exclusive to Chabad but is the responsibility of everyone. * Beis Moshiach hosted the founders of large kiruv organizations in Eretz Yisroel who declare, “Our success is the Rebbe’s success!”
In our previous article we discussed the basic principle of Chinuch, that before you can demand anything from them and expect positive results (you can always demand…) they must feel that you trust and care for them. As the famous truism goes: “They won’t care how much you know, till they know how much you care.”
In the middle of Chanuka six years ago, IDF forces carried out Operation Cast Lead. Naturally, tensions ran high in Moslem countries that tuned into Al Jazeera which incited against Israel. I was working as a shliach in Marrakesh in Morocco at the time, and we could feel a definite tension among the local population.
“Hershel, what will be?” Malka asked with tears in her eyes. She pointed at the two children lying on straw mattresses, shivering in the cold. “Look at Moishele and Chaim. They are so thin and weak. What shall I give them to eat tomorrow morning? From where will we get warm blankets to warm them up a bit?”