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One Good Deed

 

Story of the Rebbe
One Good Deed
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  This story was related by Rabbi Grossman:

In 1974, the Rebbe began a campaign to have all women and girls light Shabbos candles. Soon after, I had the privilege of having a Yechidus with the Rebbe. I wrote down the names of my family members and asked the Rebbe to give them a blessing. Among the names were, of course, the names of my two little daughters. When the Rebbe reached my three-year-old daughter.s name, he asked me if she lit Shabbos Candles. I told the Rebbe that she did. The Rebbe then asked me how old she was when she started to light candles, and I answered that she had started as soon as the news came that the Rebbe wanted little girls to light candles.

The Rebbe took a dollar from the drawer and told me: .Please give this dollar to your youngest daughter, as a present in my name. Tell her it's for the joy she brings me when she lights Shabbos Candles. Also ask her, in my name, to convince one of her friends to light Shabbos Candles as well.

A non-observant family lived next door to us. Their little daughter often played with our daughters. When my daughter heard the Rebbe.s message, she talked to her about lighting candles, and in no time at all, our neighbors were lighting candles every Shabbos.

Two weeks later, the girl's mother approached my wife. She wanted to know how to use a Shabbos clock for the lights and a hot plate for warming food on Shabbos. She explained that she had found it hard to live with the fact that her daughter lit candles every Shabbos, while she, her mother, didn.t, and so she also began to light candles on Shabbos eve. But she felt uncomfortable because before Shabbos she lit candles, yet on Shabbos she turned lights on and off! That's why she had come to learn how to operate a Shabbos clock, so that she would be able to keep Shabbos! From then on they came to Shul on Shabbos, ate a Shabbos meal and kept Shabbos the way it should be. They enrolled their daughter in a Jewish school, learned to observe the Mitzvos, and returned to Judaism. Today, thanks to the Rebbe, the whole family observes the Torah and all the Mitzvos.

All this resulted from a single act . the lighting of one candle on Shabbos eve! As our Sages said: "One Mitzvah leads to another Mitzvah" (Avos 4:2) and "A little light dispels a lot of darkness".


 

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בבקשה להתפלל לרפואת: נתנאל אילן בן שיינא ציפורה, תמר בת אורית לאה, אשר ורפאל בני שמחה, שרה צפורה בת רינה בתוך שאר חולי ישראל. 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 ולבשורות טובות ישועות ונחמות לכל עם ישראל

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