The inspiration for this website can be traced back to a thief.
A well-known Talmudic anecdote describes this thief as davening to HaShem for success. The poor nebech, you can’t help thinking. On the one hand, he believes in HaShem; on the other hand, he’s asking for something contrary to HaShem’s wishes.
And yet, this same thief, this poor nebech. Could he possibly also be me? How many times have I learned Torah but acted in ways contrary to that knowledge?
This dichotomy became evident a few years after retracing my roots in the ancient Holy Land.
With an eventual return to the fold, the realization that even profound ideas from our holy Torah sometimes become just fleeting thoughts forced me to turn to the Creator for help.
“HaShem – please help me to put into action what I know is right. How can I close the gap between my mind and heart? Please enlighten me!”
“I expect a return on My investment.”
“What does that mean?”
“Everyone has their own way of becoming a lamplighter. What’s yours?”
By shining our own unique light via a medium that resonates with our souls, we can help integrate what we’ve learned intellectually into our personalities.
In essence therefore, everyone can follow their passions and become lamplighters.
“The soul of man is G‑d’s candle“. (Proverbs 20:27)
“I desire to fulfill Your will, my G-d; and Your Torah is in my innards.” (Psalms 40:9)
About the Poet
Chaim Yochanan Cohen employs poetry to connect to Torah & Chabad Chassidic concepts.
By writing poetry about these eternal ideas, he hopes to bring them down from his head to his heart. He is convinced that HaShem grants everyone the gifts and insight to do the same in their own unique way.
“By sharing ideas such as these, we not only benefit by ingraining what we’ve learned, but each of us additionally becomes a lamplighter. We are thereby endowed with the ability to bring nachas to the Kadosh Baruch Hu when He sees a return on His investment.
May this in turn be a harbinger for our continued commitment to make this lowest of realms an abode for the Divine Presence together with our righteous Moshiach as the wellsprings of the Baal Shem Tov’s teachings continue to spread outward.”
Chaim lives in Jerusalem with his family.
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