Zos Chanukah, our holy sefarim tell us, is the day our judgment, that began on Rosh Hashana, is finalized and sealed!
Until then any unfavorable decrees can still be changed, and maybe even completely annulled. The year's direction, has not yet been firmly set.
It is quoted in the name of the saintly Harav Yisrael of Ruzhin, zy"a: "What tzaddikim can accomplish and receive from the Ribono Shel Olom on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur – ordinary people can accomplish on Zos Chanukah!"
Picture in your mind he tefillos of all the Gedolei V'Tzadikei Hador, wherever they may be, at Ne'ilah on Yom Kippur. Now, on Zos Chanukah, you – yes you! –can accomplish even more. What an awesome thought! What a fearsome responsibility!
Our holy sefarim teach: "The revelation of oros on this day is so great that every individual, were he more attuned, would literally be able to sense and point to the light and say 'Zos!'"
The Gedolei Hador
The rest of this year can potentially be a time of happiness, simcha and yeshuos, and the Gedolei Hador will be gathering to pray to make that happen for you!
We need many miracles on a constant basis just to start and end each day safely! How many tefillos are needed just to maintain and improve our health, our parnassah and our children's chinuch.
The Gedolei V'Tzadikei Hador, the shepherds of Klal Yisrael, will be praying together for us: Maran Rosh HaYeshivah Hagaon Harav Aharon Leib Steinman, Rabbeinu Maran Sar HaTorah Hagaon Harav Chaim Kanievsky, K"K Maran the Sanzer Rebbe, Maran Hagaon Harav G. Edelstein, Maran Hagaon Harav Y. Edelstein, K"k Maran the Biale Rebbe, Maran Hagaon Harav Y. Scheiner, Maran Hagaon Harav A. Finkel, K"k Maran the Rebbe of Chernobyl, Maran Hagaon Harav B.M. Ezrachi, Maran Hagaon Harav M.Z. Bergman, Maran Hagaon Harav B.D. Povarsky, Maran Hagaon Harav S. Baadani, K"k Maran the Alexander Rebbe, K"k Maran the Modzitzer Rebbe, Maran Hagaon Harav C.M. Wosner, Maran Hagaon Harav Y. Zilberstein, Maran Hagaon Harav Y. Hillel, Maran Hagaon Harav M.Y. Shlesinger, K"k Maran the Sadigura Rebbe, Maran Hagaon Harav M.H. Hirsch, K"k Maran the Nadvorna Rebbe, K"k Maran the Lelover Rebbe, Maran Hagaon Harav D. Cohen
Twenty-six great tzaddikim, shlit"a – the numerical equivalent of Hashem's Name – have declared: To storm the heavens, it is not sufficient that each of us daven alone in his own home. Rather, we should all meet under one roof and daven together. Let us meet in the home of Maran Hagaon Harav Aharon Leib Steinman, shlit"a, and we will all cry out together on behalf of Bnei Yisrael.
On this momentous day, about which the Rebbe Reb Elimelech of Lizhensk, zy"a, said that it is a day particularly auspicious to ask for spiritual and material things – we will gather to rend the heavens. “Although we ought to pray on behalf of each and every individual of Am Yisrael, contributors to Kupat Ha'ir have a tremendous zechus. Our prayers will be most helpful to them and will ensure that the zechus of their giving will be strengthened by the prayers that accompany it. They deserve a special separate tefillah that will lead to a yeshuah. Let us daven on behalf of contributors to Kupat Ha'ir. "
The meeting will take place on a day ordained for yeshuos and refuos, a day when childless women are blessed, a day for zivugim hagunim, a day auspicious for chinuch, the final day of chisum hadin: the great day of Zos Chanukah.
On Behalf Of Us All
These Gedolim will gather together for this historic meeting, not for their own sake but for ours. Can any member of Klal Yisrael who is not a family member of one of the Gedolim, nor does he have any special connections with them – think to simply enter their home and spend an hour there? Who would dare to dream that the Gedolei V'Tzadikei Hador would devote an hour of their time to praying for him? the Gedolei Hador, the giants of this generation, gathered in one place together to pray on his behalf? What a zechus! Like a dream come true!
Now, this personalized powerful tefillah will be ascending to Shamayim on behalf of every one of Kupat Ha'ir's contributors. The Gedolei V'Tzadikei Hador will be entreating Hashem that every personal request submitted by contributors – be answered letovah. The Gedolei Hador want nothing more than to help the members of Klal Yisrael with their tefillos. They want to bring about yeshuos. They want to beseech Hashem with complete humility and perfect faith that His omnipotence can bring about salvation and solve any problem. They want to harness the power of prayer, and specifically the power of praying in unison.
A Unique Tefillah
Every one of us has requests. Our internal eyes are always looking heavenward for assistance. But our internal tefillah can never compare to the united tefillah of all the Gedolei Hador. The tefillah of the Gedolei Hador will bolster our own personal tefillah with innumerable zechuyos! In a weak and confused generation like ours, the power of the tefilla of the tzaddikim, who guide us with their razor sharp vision – is immeasurable.
The Gedolei Hador will be setting aside all other matters for the sake of this tefillah. They have agreed to devote their time to this endeavor – can we not? They rearranged their schedules for this, can we continue our routine, as if nothing out of the ordinary is taking place? They are meeting for our sake – and we won't even be there? They are investing time and effort because they believe in the power of tzedakah and in the efficacy of this tefillah – will we not be generous with our tzedakah? They feel it is worthwhile that they daven on our behalf – and we think it's unnecessary? There are many other causes, that speak to our hearts but how often do you have the chance to merit the tefillah of Gedolei Hador on Zos Chanukah?
Sometimes the thought may cross your mind: How can I be sure that the money I donate to Kupat Ha'ir reaches those in need? I prefer to give it to poor and needy people whom I know personally. That is why the Gedolei Hador gather under the banner of Kupat Ha'ir: to inform you that they do know what is done with your money. They know and they lend Kupat Ha'ir their wholehearted endorsement. That is why they are willing to put aside their many responsibilities and conduct a unique tefillah; specifically and only for donors to Kupat Ha'ir. No other tzedakah organizations merit such wholehearted endorsement.
They know that Kupat Ha'ir literally saves lives. They know the gabba'im are one-hundred percent dedicated honest and trustworthy. They encouraged this gathering even though they normally shun publicity. The invasive photographs and inevitable newspaper articles are a small price to pay. They want to send a message: Don't hesitate! Contribute now, and generously to this very important cause. We fully endorse it and add our prayers.
On Zos Chanukah, a joint tefillah will ascend from the home of Maran Hagaon Harav Aharon Leib Steinman, shlit"a. It is awe inspiring to think that so many elderly tzaddikim, some of whom are frail and weak, are gathering for the sake of – whom? For the sake of you, who placed a phone call to Kupat Ha'ir, spoke to the operator and submitted your information.
You are important enough that all the Gedolei Hador should gather to daven on your behalf.
On the auspicious day of Zos Chanukah, the tefillah of the Gedolei Vetzadikkei Hador of our generation will soar heavenward.
After you contribute, don't be surprised if your dreidel falls on neis. Expect a miracle!