Mivzta Neshek

When the Rebbe announced about mivtza Neshek, lighting the Shabbat and Holiday candles, Rabbi Ben Tzion Grossman merited to be in Yechidut by the Rebbe.

He wrote a letter to give the Rebbe and included the names of each of his family members. Among the family names were included the names of his two youngest daughters. When the Rebbe came to the name of the youngest daughter who was three years old, he asked him if she is lighting the Shabbat candles. Rabbi Grossman answered that indeed she lights her own candle each ever Shabbat. The Rebbe then asked, When did she begin to light? He answered that she began to light when the message about the instructions of the Rebbe that also girls should light, she began to do so.

The Rebbe took out a dollar from his drawer and said to me: I would like to ask you to give this dollar to your youngest daughter as a gift from me for the nachas ruach that she gives me by lighting the holy Shabbat candles. Also please ask her in my name that she should influence at least one other girl, a friend, that she should also light the holy Shabbat candles!

Immediately after the Yechidut, I called home to give over the Rebbe’s words. I asked my daughter to do the bidding of the Rebbe and influence a friend of hers to also light the candles before Shabbat.

Close to us, there lived a family who were not Torah observant. They had a young girl who played with our daughters. My daughter began to speak to her about lighting her own candle before Shabbat. Before long, she began to light.

A week or two passed and the mother of the girl approached my wife. She wanted to know where she could get a Shabbat timer to automatically turn on and off the lights and a hot plate to keep the food warm. She explained that since her little girl began to light the Shabbat candles, she decided to also light the candles. This happened on erev Shabbat. On Shabbat she felt so uncomfortable. Here she was lighting the candles in honor of the holy Shabbat, and on Shabbat itself they were opening and closing the lights! Therefore she decided to find out how to arrange things that on Shabbat they would not be desecrating the holiness of the day!

From then on the family stopped all activities connected to the desecration of Shabbat, and slowly slowly they returned to a fully Jewish lifestyle and the observance of mitzvot. The mother began to observe the laws of family purity (mikvah) and in a short time, they even switched their children to Torah schools.

So things continued to develop with the help of Hashem, and today this family is content and happy as they are all living a purposeful life according to the dictates of our holy Torah. And all this came about from the lighting of one candle by a little girl! As our Sages teach in Pirkei Avot 4-2: “One mitzvah brings another; and a little bit of light pushes away a lot of darkness.” May we merit the light of Moshiach NOW!

From Rosh Benei Yisroel by N.Z. Gottlieb published by Ufaratzta

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