Keeping the Flame Ignited

As we begin to put our Menorah’s away I ask myself how do we keep our flames lit?  We still need miracles in our lives, in our children’s lives, we are not ready to extinguish the special light of the Menorah.

There are a number of ways to experience that extra ordinary light in our lives. The easiest is thru the Menorah. Since we are not able to increase the days of Chanukah 🙁 we have to find another way.

Another way to experience this extra ordinary light, is thru darkness. “The light at the end of a dark tunnel.” These past 8 months, I don’t wish upon anyone one, not even my worst enemy, there were times of darkness that were so great, similar to the Makeh (Plague) of Choshech (Darkness).  The darkness was so heavy that it did not allow movement. It took and continues to take a great amount of work to replace the darkness with light.  It’s not just any light, it is a light which brings with it super natural strength. A strength that is needed to survive this battle.

This light is very difficult to achieve alone. It is only possible when you are given the support  of a community, (in our case B”H many communities) behind you to see and experience the power and energy of the light.

Over the last week our community has been hit hard. We lost a great Tzadekes, Nechama Bas Kolev, Mrs. Erica Klein O”H (may she rest in peace). I am not worthy to sing Mrs. Klein’s praises, but going almost daily to learn more about this righteous woman, I am in awe. If I could sit there all day I would, so as not to miss out on one of life’s most valuable lessons. The lesson of life. Mrs. Klein lived to do for other’s. Starting with her family first and then the community.  My family was Zoche (merited)  to be a recipient of her tremendous Chessed and we are forever grateful. I learned this week that there were so many more families that were recipients of her delicious delicacies, and acts of kindness. Whenever, I saw Mrs. Klein she always looked beautiful. Her outer beauty was a reflection of what was inside.  As her husband said tonight, she never asked for anything for herself, she only wanted to do for other’s.   She loved life. She loved going to Simchos (happy occasions). She never complained about it being late, or she was too tired to go. She saw the beauty of the world, of G-D’s handiwork.

The third way to reach this extra ordinary light is through Simcha (happiness).  The way Mrs. Klien O”H reached.  Unlike, in times of Tzara (hardship), one has no choice but to turn to Hashem for salvation, finding the light in happiness may be harder to reach.   How many of us would complain or say they are too tired to go to a Simcha, but never once Chas Veshalom say they are too tired to go to a funeral? It just would never happen that one would say they’ll go to the next Levaya!

Tonight,  a gathering of over 50 women came together to say Tehillim for yet another innocent, beautiful child in our community, Elimelech Ben Basya, that needs all of our Tefillos.   Not one woman there tonight hesitated to come B”H.

Todays, current events around us are not natural. I don’t know the meaning of them, however, being a mother of a magnificent little boy, Binyomin Chaim Ben Faigie Sarah, who is in great need of a Refuah Shlema Min Hashamayim, I will do anything I can, to find that Refuah. I will do anything I can to help eliminate the pain of one more child, one more family to go thru what we have endured. I do believe you would and will too!

There is no such thing as coincidence. Let us learn from our very own Nechama Bas Kolev O”H, how to live a true Torah life through Simcha.  I would like to propose we all work on finding that super natural light thru Simcha and not Tzar (pain). That super natural light will bring us closer to Hashem which will cause Hashem, Simcha (happiness).  IY”H that Simcha will bring the Refuah (cure) and the Geula (Redemption) which we so desperately need.

May the happiness you experience today be a Zechus for a complete Refuah Shlema for Binyomin Chaim Ben Faigie Sarah, Elimelech Ben Basya, Bracha Sarah Chaya Bas Ronit Nava Tehilla and all the Cholim in Klal Yisroel. Here are a few pictures that I would like to share that have brought Simcha to my life and that of my family this Chanukah.

Benny getting his face painted at a Chanukah party! (thank you Yocheved D. for a great party!)

Below are a few ways Mrs.Klein O”H, brought Simcha into her family’s home during Chanukah.


Below is a video I received that took place recently on the front lines of battle our soldiers just fought in Israel.  Let this be the last time they will have to dance in times of Tzar.  Ivdu Es Hashem BeSimcha


2 thoughts on “Keeping the Flame Ignited

  1. Dear Faigie and Ari,

    I just wanted to let you know that Binyamin Chaim has made his mark as a source of inspiration in Seattle yet again (although this time his last name is Brecher, not Genauer!).
    In my role as a high school Halacha teacher, I selected the topic of Hilchos Brachos to teach over the past few weeks. Throughout this unit, I introduced Benny to my class and our learning was dedicated to his Refuah. The girls also took upon themselves to concentrate (or at the very least remember to say) their brachos outside of class as well.

    Wishing you and your beautiful family a week of smiles as we are all davening that the next round of treatment go smoothly and successfully.


    • We hope to one day very soon come visit you and your class. We can’t thank you enough for all that you are doing.
      With love,

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