Michael Laitman
Founder and president of Bnei Baruch Kabbalah Education & Research Institute

The Allegory of the Four Candles: Peace, Faith, Love and Hope

Four candles flicker softly in a room. The first whispers, “I bring peace, people don’t know how to protect me,” and it goes out. The second declares, “I am faith, people don’t need me,” and extinguishes. The third laments, “I embody love, people don’t appreciate me,” before vanishing.

Suddenly, a small child enters, frightened by the growing darkness, and begins to cry. The fourth candle speaks, “Do not weep. I am hope. As long as I shine, you can relight the other candles through me.”

As long as hope persists, life endures. It guides our path toward growth. Hope compels people to traverse vast oceans, seek new lands and make new discoveries. It embodies the essence of dreams and fuels the spirit.

But how does one sustain hope amid the absence of peace, faith and love? When all seems lost, we surrender to life, to nature, or to a higher power, placing complete faith in them. Each candle fades to enable a crucial moment—just before complete darkness—to grasp the thread that links us to our source, i.e., that which connects us to the source of our lives, the force of love, bestowal and connection. We can then continue our journey together with that force.

Hope serves as the tether between humanity in the physical realm and the higher spiritual world. It remains eternally lit, symbolizing the everlasting connection. So, if hope momentarily fades, it is a sign that we need to realign ourselves: to acknowledge the harmony, happiness and peace ahead when we connect to our lives’ source force of love and bestowal, and this should give us the strength to move forward.

About the Author
Michael Laitman is a PhD in Philosophy and Kabbalah. MSc in Medical Bio-Cybernetics. Founder and president of Bnei Baruch Kabbalah Education & Research Institute. Author of over 40 books on spiritual, social and global transformation. His new book, The Jewish Choice: Unity or Anti-Semitism, is available on Amazon: