|"My father could not remember and repeat all that the two spoke about,
but he did remember well the end of the conversation, before these two
personalities parted ways. The Rebbe turned to my father and said, "In
another few days, it will be Hanukkah. Do you know why many small
synagogues hold festivals on the fifth day of Chanukah?" My father did
not know what to answer, and he recalled that Rabbi Zemba just looked at
the Rebbe waiting for an answer. Then the Rebbe, turned to my father
and said, "The fifth Hanukkah candle signifies great darkness because
this day cannot fall on the Holy Sabbath. And through the Hanukkah
candles, the greatest (spiritual) darkness of the world is illuminated.
And for this reason, the potential of Hanukkah comes to fruition
specifically through the fifth candle, which signifies the darkness. And
this is the function of every Jew, in every place -- in Warsaw or
London -- to illuminate the darkest place."|
Dottie: Well, friends, my Rabbi was here today and he has a new way of greeting the females who try to shake his hand: a salute! as if he was a sailor:) its a new way I guess to not offend the females who go to shake his hand, very genius of him I think :))
His brother, he seems to have 8 and 6 sisters, whew, came with him and brought a promised Menorah, the same one I think that was so awfully electrically wired that it blew out the entire electrical forces at the Woman's Club two years in a row! and so, yes, the round plug will not fit into the square socket and I shall not force it as I had done at the club:) whew, and rightfully so anyway I say as his brother said there should be a blessing and I said, okay I need him to swing by and bless it, as the brother dropped it off late last night, and he said kind of sarcastically but not really, just that I was a stupid girl or something or why
did i ask such a silly question, I said I would need the Rabbi to bless it and he said 'we can't bless that as its electric'! you need a candle one. And I said 'well I need him to bring me a candle one and bless it' and again that same look and he said 'he doesn't bless it you do!' and I will bring you one tomorrow :) and so he did. I gained his respect as he did not want to leave me the menorah that had the base, and my friend Ace said it's more like a Manorah versus a menorah as its huge! :) and I said 'look I'm on sunset boulevard and I'm not looking for any heat with a menorah hanging out in the wind with no base! and he said 'okay but I need to find a cinderblock' and I said 'listen you cannot leave me with a cinderblock and he said 'i know I need one for the next place, do you have one around'. :))) like I have a cinderblock somewhere...whew, so anyway I think, oh maybe in the parkinglot there is one as its a cinderblock wall so we head out back,
he not really sure that this is a good idea, and I have him check the back alley, no cinderblock. I'm thinking he didn't look good enough:) so I go check with him and yes, he's right, no cinderblock. So, I notice the house right behind the parkinglot and they have a cinderblock wall too! and I see my friend Scot, friend of Elderberries, and I hollar 'hey Scott do you have a cinderblock hanging about' and he hollars ' a cinderblock like in a cinderblock' and I'm like yeah one of these. The Rabbis brother is now kinda slowly backing up and away and :))))) as Scot takes a walk into his front door and I then walk around to the front gate, and the brother looks at me like 'what is wrong with you woman' and then Scot comes out the front door with a cinderblock in his hand while he's talking on the cell phone with someone! and I walk up to get the cinderblock and smile, promise to get him another one as he uses it to steady his drumkit as he's a musician, and
I give it to the brother, all smiles remind you:)) and he says 'wow your really good' ......and I let him carry back through the store and to his car!
And today I come in and theres' my candles sitting by the register :)))) and so I just said my blessing and I let the menorah with the faulty plug by itself! And guess what happened all night long: all the jewish people were checking out the Menorah and Elderberries:) and even stopping in. But my favorite were these two young Hasids with hats on and they kept checking out the menorah and then looking in here and I realized they were wondering why it was unplugged and not lit! And so I ran outside to explain the round male would not fit into the square female:))) and so they asked for my Rabbi's number and then made sure that I had a menorah inside, which I do:) and then said 'Happy Chanukah' and I was so so sosososososososo happy!
That's my Chanukah
story, anyone else?
All good things and Happy Chanukah!
"Hence only by means of love can we give real help for karma to work out in the right way." Rudolf Steiner