Where are you at candle-lighting time?
At the door? By the kitchen window? The living room or dining room? In the office?
There are a lot of places where a Jew might possibly be at candle-lighting time of Chanukah, but the best place – beyond the shadow of a doubt – is at the candle-lighting of the Gedolei Hador. Inside their hearts, which are full of love and appreciation for every Jew who donates to the poor people of Vaad Harabbanim.
The biggest hadlakah in the world takes place every day of Chanukah by the menorahs of Moreinu Harav Hagaon Chaim Kanievsky shlita, of Moreinu the Rebbe of Vishnitz shlita, of Harav Hagaon Rabbeinu Reuven Elbaz shlita, of Rosh Hayeshivah Harav Hagaon Gershon Edelstein shlita.
Thousands of Jews are there. Thousands of donors of Vaad Harabbanim, who are dear to the hearts of the Gedolei Hador. You, and your children, and your neighbors, and your parents – all who donate to the poor of Eretz Yisrael – dwell very deep inside; they are the closest to the little dancing flames kindled by the Tzaddik.
All this has been going on for more than twenty years. The Gedolei Hador kindle the fire of the menorah, and put a donation in the tzedakah box of Vaad Harabbanim that was placed there in advance.
And they daven for us.
Our child kindles a menorah, and at the same time, Rav Chaim shlita davens for him that he should grow up to be a yerei Shamayim.
We sing a warm family chorus of Ma’oz Tzur, and Rav Gershon Edelstein shlita asks Hashem to keep our dear family healthy and happy always.
Our tzedakah goes to bring light to the poor people of the Gedolei Hador, and the Gedolei Hador ask Hashem to grant us light. In their broad hearts there is pure love and tremendous appreciation for every Jew who donates.
Each Chanukah night adds a tremendous power of miracles. Another tefilah from the pure hearts of the world’s Tzaddikim.
Another candle, another miracle.