Rabbi Yehudah Leib Alter, the third Gerer Rebbe, offered a different, complementary approach to these very open ways of publicizing the Chanukah miracle. He cites a verse from Psalms indicating that God gave us wonders literally "to mark (or en-sign) ourselves." What did the Rebbe mean? If we allow ourselves to be transformed by Chanukah, then we ourselves can become living beacons advertising-its miracle of light.Walking home, the businessman kept hearing the boy's words. "What will I tell my father?" He thought, "Indeed, what will I tell my Father in Heaven on Judgment Day? That I was a single-minded success?" The man walked back to the broken glass and took it home. Remembering his parents' Amsterdam home, he lit the first of eight successive Chanukah candles that night, much to his wife and children's surprise.
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