The third night of Chanuka. Plans to go on mivtzaim to the Sh’chem area. After the incident the night before in which we were stoned, I decided I had had enough of adventures. But I changed my mind on a dime and decided to join them. A decision I would have occasion to regret. * Four young bachurim and a shliach, surrounded by dozens of inflamed Arabs with no natural way to get out.
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This Shabbos (VaYeishev) is the Shabbos that leads into the yom tov of Chanuka. Chanuka is the yom tov where we publicize our immense thanks to Hashem for all the miracles that Hashem has done – and continues to do – “בימים ההם בזמן הזה, in those days and in our days.”
The Chassid R’ Mordechai Chanzin was arrested three times in his life. The first time he was imprisoned for ten years, the second time for five years, and the third time for six years. Altogether, he spent twenty-one years in prison, labor camps and various exiles, from 5695 until 5716. Then he was released.
Chanuka has turned into a real Yom Tov of gatherings. Whether it is the activities that we do to spread the light and miracle of Chanuka with others or with our own family, it seems that every night we are attending a different gathering. In 5748 – a year of Hakhel – the Rebbe encouraged that we use these times that we are gathered anyway as Hakhel gatherings. The Rebbe said that he would lead this campaign by example, and therefore the Rebbe said a sicha every day (after the lighting of the candles) speaking about the Torah portion of the day and the uniqueness of each and every night of Chanuka.
It was dark outside. Nobody was out on the street. All were asleep. Only the shrieking of the wind pierced the silence. But in one building you would not have known it was nighttime. It was the shtiebel (beis midrash) of the Kotzker Chassidim which was located in the heart of the forest. The Chassidim were sitting and farbrenging deep into the night. They drank l’chaim, sang Chassidic niggunim, and their faces were aglow with simcha.
What connection is there between giving out siddurim in Germany to setting up a menorah in the center of a university campus? Why did R’ Yehuda Leib Levin’s granddaughter cry and what moved R’ Kanelsky’s parents? How did the rich man’s son manage to “do something” for Chanuka and what inspired the Jewesses in Secaucus? Where was a menorah placed thanks to one doughnut and where did $5000 have to be paid to place one menorah? And also, who does a favor for whom at Newark airport? * R’ Mordechai Kanelsky, director of Bris Avrohom in New Jersey, who brings the light of Chanuka to 20 million people every year tells eight tales about light
…a few days ago I came here on shlichus to the neighborhood next to yours. I want to discuss with you how to go about doing Mivtza Chanuka with the soldiers, policemen, and firemen.
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.
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!
“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?”
In terms of its role in establishing the days of Chanuka as a holiday, the disagreement is only as to whether the miracle of the victory at war is only a preface and preparatory event to the miracle of the lights, which is the finale and completion of the Chanuka miracle, or whether the military triumph is not considered a mere preface but is on par with the miracle of the lights.
This story of mutual responsibility between the Rebbe’s shluchim throughout the world began in Salt Lake City, Utah, moving to Calabasas, California, and then to Toronto, Ontario, as the all-encompassing power of Divine Providence directed everything in a most amazing and exciting manner.