A family with children is extremely rich. I’ll tell you why…

If someone came to me and said, “I’ll give you ten thousand dollars to buy your son/daughter,” what do you think I would say?
Would I sell one of my children for ten thousand dollars? No way!
So what if they offered a hundred thousand?
I wouldn’t do it, right?
And if they offered a million? Ten million? A billion dollars to buy my child?
I wouldn’t even need to think it over. I would not sell my child for all the money in the world.
A child is more precious than anything. And thank G-d, our family has a few, ok more than a few 🙂 Each one of them makes our family rich beyond measure.
Some people think kids are expensive. Teach your children that having children is our true wealth.
Menachem Mendel Bluming and Rabbi Moss and Chabad.org

Menachem Bluming was asked why we light the shamash. Why not just light a match and from it ignite the candles of that night of Chanukah?

The shamash burns only to serve, it exists for the other. It is happy in its role of igniting, warming and illuminating. It towers over the rest not to lord over them but rather to keep an eye out for them. The shamash’s flame is not minimized in the process, it is only empowered to spread more light.

Our world needs us to serve as the shamash to spread light where it’s dark, warmth where it’s cold, Torah in a place of confusion. To care, to nurture to reach out.

Happy Chanukah!

Menachem Mendel Bluming and Chabad.org

Menachem Bluming asks: What makes you angry and what makes you very happy?

The answer to that question tells so much about who you are and what you value.

Our children notice what makes us upset and they learn from it what to value. “Dad’s car, now that is sacred! You dare pour fruit juice on his car carpet and boy will you be sorry…” What makes Dad happy? Football or values? What makes mom truly glow?

What we tell our children (mostly) goes through one ear and out the other (sorry to break it to you). If real values give you true joy (nachat), if you get angry only over those most important issues, your child will learn volumes from that.

Menachem M. Bluming and Chabad.org