A story of the Rebbe #75 - "Your Miracles and Your Salvation" Print Email

Rabbi Ch., a leading Rabbi in the United States, had a daughter who had abandoned the Jewish way of life that she had been brought up with and wanted to marry a non-Jew. With a broken heart, Rabbi Ch. went to the Rebbe on erev Yom Kippur, when lekach was being given out, and asked for a bracha and some advice on what to do.

The Rebbe gave him a piece of lekach and recited the verse, "for Your miracles and Your salvation." Rabbi Ch. found this blessing to be a little strange, especially as the Rebbe had not given him any specific advice.

Time went by, and despite the efforts of her family, the Rabbi's daughter remained firm in her decision to marry her non-Jewish "fianc?."

On one of the nights of Chanuka, the family was therefore very surprised when the daughter turned up at their home pale and crying. She announced, "That's it. It's over. I?ve decided to leave him!"

When she had calmed down, she explained that on that evening, she was walking through the main square of a town in New Jersey when she saw that a public menorah-lighting ceremony was going on. For an unexplainable reason, this made her feel very troubled. Collecting her thoughts, she decided that she could never bring herself to marry a non-Jew.

After Rabbi Ch. had recovered from this pleasant surprise, he remembered the blessing he had received from the Rebbe on erev Yom Kippur. It was, "for Your miracles and Your salvation," from the "Haneiros hallalu" prayer, which we recite every year during Chanuka.

Translated from the Kfar Chabad Magazine

 
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