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Shabbos’ Light


Shabbos’ Light

It was nearly Shabbos, and unbearable poverty prevailed in the Chozeh’s home. Not having even the few perutot (pennies) with which to buy Shabbos candles, the Chozeh’s wife went out to the main street and prayed that she find someone who would donate what she needed for that purpose

Suddenly, an elegant carriage, drawn by mighty steeds, passed by and she asked its stylishly dressed passenger for help..

“What can I do for you?” he asked.

“Please give me two coins for Shabbos candles,” she pleaded.

The passenger was a Jew, who had long ago forgotten his Jewish roots, and was on his way to make merry with his non-Jewish friends. When he heard the Rebbetzin’s request, he quickly gave her the coins. The Rebbetzin then blessed the generous man whose carriage was far off by then, that on the merit of his help, Shabbos' light glow on him.

During kiddush, the soul of the Chozeh of Lublin went up to Heaven, and was asked: “The Rebbetzin blessed that man with meriting Shabbos’ light. But he is so crass, that he doesn’t deserve it. What do you think of that?”

The Chozeh replied: “You say that he doesn’t deserve Shabbos’ light because he is so gross.. But maybe he is crass because he lacks Shabbos’ light. If you give him that light, perhaps he will become more refined.”

That Shabbos night, the Chozeh and his students sat at the table, singing stirring songs and relating Torah thoughts. In the middle, a stranger entered and sat down at the edge of the table. He was the Jew who had given the Rebbetzin the coins. Suddenly he had felt a tremendous light shining on him – Shabbos’ light. No one paid attention to his sporty, non-Jewish attire. Instead, all focused on his face which glowed with the radiance of Shabbos kodesh. He had come there in order to be in the Chozeh’s presence, and soon became one of his ardent followers.

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בבקשה להתפלל לרפואת: הרב דוד בן מרגלית שליט"א, יגאל שלמה בן שושנה מהין ובני משפחתו, בבקשה להתפלל לזרע בר קיימא בקרוב לנופית הודיה בת רחל ודויד שלמה בן שושנה ולזרע בר קימא בקרוב למירב המזל בת גאולה ונועם בן לאה וחזרה בתשובה לעידן בן שולמית ושי שלומי בן שולמית ודינה תרצה בת ורדה רגינה ולבשורות טובות ישועות ונחמות לכל עם ישראל

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