These Precious Lights are Prophets
“Every candle lit for a mitzvah (such as the Shabbos candles, Chanukah, in a synagogue, etc.) is extremely holy. If we would have ruach ha Kodesh (Holy Seeing–The energy that enables us to see deeply into and beyond what the eyes are seeing), we would perceive the future when we light the candles, because the candles lit for a mitzvah tell prophecies. They are like when the prophet would speak (and tell us) what he heard…”
–Rabbi Tzvi Hirsh Koidanover, (d. 1712), an eminent Talmudic, legal, and kabbalistic master, author of Kav HaYashar, an ethical-kabbalistic work.
(Note: A contemporary Chasidic teacher comments: “We don’t perceive these prophecies, but we must know that the candles are speaking to us…and on some level our soul does perceive the messages. What the candles tell us make an impression in the depths of our sub-conscious and soul.”)
I placed the lamp in constant view and found a way for the oil to burn until morning. The first thing on Shabbos morning, they are there, surprising with their brightness.
I go to their place. I sit with them. I bless them. I sing. I look at them. I ask, What are you lights all about? What can you show me, teach me, lead me to? Will I find a new world, a new reality, a new language? Will I understand the language and speak it?
I watch each light, and all of them together. They are speaking just to me.
Yaakov Branfman is committed to accessing –through various modalities that he develops– the profound beauty and depth of Jerusalem and its unique insight, for greater spiritual and emotional integration, and hopefully for insights into some of the most pressing questions we have. His blog, Jerusalem in Sight, is: http://jerusaleminsight.blogspot.com/