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Vayetzei, 3 Kislev 5779
November 11, 2018

What is darkness? What is evil? The Kabbalists view evil as a matter of distance rather than the opposite of good. Let's say that you light a campfire in the forest and start to walk away from it. What happens? Well you begin to see less as you get further and further away. You might be far away and see the campfire in the distance, even if you seem to be surrounded by darkness. When we give in to our selfish desires, when we don't share with others, we distance ourselves from the Creator's Light. When we speak negatively and gossip, we venture into the darkness. Maybe we have found ourselves in the dark, maybe we have felt alone, maybe we have felt cut off from the Light. The good news is that the antidote to darkness is Light. Each and every one of us have a spark of Divine Light within us. True the ego may try to diminish It, however, the Light is still there somewhere. When we connect to that spark within through loving our neighbor, through sharing, through good deeds then that spark grows brighter and brighter and dispels the darkness not only within us, but also around us. It is in this month that we are reminded of the Light shining in the darkness. May we truly allow our sparks to grow and dispel the darkness that surrounds us.

Shavua tov,

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Parashat Vayetzei
Torah Portion:
Bereshit (Genesis) 28:10-32:3

Hoshea (Hosea) 11:7-12:12

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