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fellow about to embark on his first business trip approached the fifth
Lubavitcher Rebbe known as the Rebbe Rashab, Rabbi Sholom Ber Schneersohn
want to go into business,” said the fellow. “Shall I borrow money and
hire an interpreter who speaks Russian better than I do? Or should I just
would suggest not to borrow any money at this time and not to hire an
interpreter,” responded the Rashab. “If you do, you will be placing
limits on your success. You will be limited because you will have a debt
to repay, and you will be dependent on how well your interpreter expresses
what you need to say. Go alone and find your best opportunity.
Undoubtedly, G-d will help you find a way to communicate and succeed!”
has to hope for, believe in, and plan for great success. (The Rashab’s
approach, while certainly unorthodox, came along with his blessing which
was more powerful than the best of business plans.)
arrives tonight (Friday night). Jews the world over will kindle Chanukah
candles to celebrate the victory of the small group of Jewish fighters
over the mighty Syrian Greek army in Israel, 2145 years ago. Miraculously,
the Jews were able to whip the Greeks and reconquer
. The Menorah in the
had been stolen so a temporary wooden replacement was
next problem was finding pure olive oil that had not been defiled by the
invader rendering it ritually impure. Another miracle occurred when a
small flask of pure oil was found. As it took eight day to procure new oil
and the flask had enough for one day it should have been lights out after
one day. Yet another miracle saved the day when the small flask of oil
refused to be consumed by the fire until the new oil arrived eight days
later. Today we celebrate and publicize these Divine miracles on Chanukah.
where does the Chanukah gelt come in? The gelt business started way
before, during the lifetime of our Patriarch Yaakov and his rivalry with
wicked Eisav. Gelt was a big part of the dispute with Eisav realizing that
Yaakov was going to receive more than him. Indeed, Yaakov was very rich.
later, after having endured Egyptian slavery for hundreds of years, the
Jewish People extracted the great wealth of
prior to departure. The wealth remained in Jewish hands until the
destruction of the
by Nevuchadnetzar of Babylon who made off with it. Eventually, the
Baylonians were conquered by the Persians who then owned the Jewish
wealth. The Greeks then came and took it from the Persians when Alexander
the Great conquered
. Ultimately, the Romans came and took it from the Greeks. Until today,
much of the Jewish wealth from the
era remains in
. With the coming of Moshiach speedily, the lost Jewish wealth
and the world over will revert back to its rightful owners.
Syrian Greek invader wanted the Jewish People to detach itself from G-d.
With the miracles of Chanukah, G-d revealed a shimmer of the great hidden
light that awaits us with the coming of Moshiach.
order to demonstrate our eager anticipation for his arrival and the
restoration of our wealth, we give Jewish children Chanukah gelt.
The Rebbe instructed adults to give children Chanukah gelt every night of
Chanukah and to encourage the children to use a portion for tzedakah. Even
money can be used to educate our children by showing them that whatever we
receive is from above and we must use this “gift” in the proper way.
the wonderful holiday of Chanukah illuminate our homes with an abundance
of material and spiritual light and may G-d bless us with good health, joy
and happiness until the coming of Moshiach speedily in our day.
a wonderful Shabbos.
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