- Mr. Yehuda Avner was an advisor to five Israeli Prime Ministers and was
an Israeli ambassador to the UN. In 1977 he met with President Carter, and
then Menachem Begin sent him to report to the Rebbe. He sat with him for
several hours and they discussed many subject, several of which he refuses
to tell anybody about.
At midnight, the Rebbe saw that Yehuda Avner was tired. He put his holy
hands on Mr. Avner and asked him why he’s not a Chossid. Mr Avner replied
that there are people in his family who see powers in the Rebbe which the
Rebbe himself doesn’t even realize.
The Rebbe then told Mr. Avner what his job entails:
“You open up a cupboard and you see a candle inside. But in reality it is
not a candle. It is but a lump of wax and a string through the middle. When
does it become a candle? Only when you put a flame to it, then it becomes a
candle and it fulfills the purpose for which it was created.”
And immediately the conversation moved on to the next subject.
At 2:10am, Yehuda and the Rebbe finished the meeting and when Mr. Avner rose
to leave, he turned around and asked the Rebbe “Has the Rebbe lit my
The Rebbe replied “No. I have only given you the match. You need to light
your own candle!”