When we were in seminary in Bais Rivka New York in the years 5747-5748, our dormitory was in 781 Eastern Parkway, facing 770 Eastern Parkway.
Until 22 Shvat 5748, every week, we were zoche to watch a really unique and awe-inspiring sight:
After the first siren sounded, 15 minutes before Shabbos, the door of 770 would open. No one was present. The Rebbe would walk -in solitary majesty- out on the path from 770 and turn into the library to say good Shabbos to he Rebbitzin before candle lighting.
As soon as the door to the library closed, we would light our own candles. It was a treasured moment, bentching licht together with our beloved Rebbetzin on the other side of the street, davening behind covered eyes at the same moment as the Shaarei shomayim opened for her tefillos.
Then we would go back to the window to watch the awesome sight of the Rebbe leaving the library and returning to 770. A few minutes later, as the sky over Eastern Parkway was painted in colors of sunset, the second siren would sound.
According to what we witnessed every single week, it seems that the Rebbetzin lit her candles approximately 10 minutes before the time of licht bentchen.
A few years ago, I read that it says in seforim that bentching licht early is an inyan in hastening the coming of Moshiach!
So as a new year begins, do you think we can take this hachlata together to light 10 minutes before the time?
With the power of achdus, this lighting early should be a zchus to hasten and make earlier all the brochos – the coming of Moshiach now mamosh. And may it be a merit for all who are awaiting healthy children, shidduchim, gezunt, harchava begashmius uveruchnius and real chassidishe nachas.
If you are ready to take this upon yourself (bli neder), please write your name, your mother’s name and city you live – in the COLlive comments below or WhatsApp it to +46707408709. All the names will be submitted to the Rebbe’s Ohel.
Please share this with your friends. Let’s light early and bring Moshiach even earlier!
Ksiva vechasima Tova, leshana Tova umesuka,
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