Be The Light
Once there was a Chasid who was afraid of the dark. “Tell me, Rebbe,” the Chasid asked, “How can I chase the darkness from the world?”
So the Rabbi sent the Chasid into the deep darkness of the shul’s basement. Handing him a broom he said, “Go sweep the darkness out of the basement.”
Before long, the Chasid returned. “Rebbe, I swept and swept, but the darkness did not budge an inch!” The Rabbi nodded, and murmured sympathetically. Darkness can be stubborn thing… He reached into his drawer and took out a ruler.
“Take this stick and drive the darkness out by beating it.” Soon the Chasid returned and told the Rabbi, “Beating it did not chase away the darkness!” So the Rabbi suggested he shout and scream at the darkness to frighten it away. But yelling at the dark did not work either; it only made the Chasid’s voice hoarse.
Exhausted, frustrated, he made his way up the stairs, tired and afraid, and approached the Rabbi again. The Rabbi took out a candlestick, lit the candle, and led the Chasid back down the stairs. And it was a miracle! For wherever the light’s glow met the darkness, the darkness evaporated before their eyes.
“We dispel darkness,” the Rabbi said, “Not by sweeping gestures, or by violence, or by loud noisy cries, but by bringing a little bit of brightness to our world.”