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Spread the Light!

Friday, 31 January, 2020 - 11:25 am

Spread the Light!

Wednesday of this week will mark 70 years since the Rebbe assumed leadership of Chabad. One message which he stressed both with his students and with all his followers, was bringing light.

This week's Torah reading describes darkness covering the land of Egypt:  "And there was a thick darkness throughout the land of Egypt for a three-day period. No person could see his or her brother or sister”.

The plague of darkness can be interpreted as a metaphor for the inability for some to be aware of other people in the world. Life isn’t all about ourselves. Darkness falls when we turn exclusively inward and live a life of egocentricity and selfishness. When we care only about ourselves, our interests, our success, our needs, our happiness, we are cloaked in darkness.  

The Rebbe helped us realize and made us aware that bringing light and living not just for ourselves, but for others around us, was vitally important. Being trapped in selfishness and self- centeredness only, is truly a life of darkness that could result in pain and suffering like a plague.  

May we always have the light of caring for others, of honesty, integrity and fighting for justice shining within our homes and community.

It’s amazing to see how Chabad has grown, and how much had been accomplished. It is fair to say that - through his thousands of students spread all over the world - the Rebbe continues to inspire millions, Jews and non-Jews alike, to bring more goodness and kindness into the dark world we live in.

The Rebbe's legacy lives on. It was this vision of love for every individual and a vision of a perfected world that inspired our lifetime move to Naples. We carry his messages with us on a daily basis.

As we look around us on this 70th anniversary, let's meet the challenge ourselves, by working harder to bring light and share it. Right now the world is in dire need of it, so let’s all strive to bring the light and spread it around!

Thank you Rebbe for infusing such powerful purpose in our lives and countless others.

Shabbat Shalom with Love & Light,
Rabbi Fishel & Ettie Zaklos


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