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Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz: “Like the action of a candle”

It has been said that Israel is destined to be a light unto the nations.

This task is like the action of a candle.

The candle makes no effort to combat the darkness.

It does not go from place to place to shed its light.

Its sole function is to burn with a little flame of its own, and without ulterior motive, it casts a light which dispels shadows.

Israel has no purposeful duty other than to be itself as a candle, to give forth light and let persons who are drawn to it come and become part of it.

–Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz