The weekly Parsha – Parshas Bo

In this week’s Torah portion, Bo, we read of the last of the ten plagues that were brought upon the Egyptians: locusts, darkness and death of the firstborn sons. Concerning the plague of darkness, there were three days of opaque darkness and three days where the darkness was tangible and rendered the Egyptians immobile. At the same time, for the Jewish people, there was light.
 
Everything that the Torah tells us is a lesson that every Jew can learn from. Even the plagues. What the Torah tells us about the exile and exodus is particularly a lesson on how to deal with our present exile and future exodus.
 
What lesson can we draw from the plague of darkness, especially from the fact that there was darkness and light at the same time?
 
The Hebrew word for Egypt is “Mitzrayim,” which is related to the word maytzarim, which means boundaries, constraints or limitations. This is because it is symbolic of the limitations we experience in this physical world.
 
There are times in this exile, when you experience darkness, in the form of heartbreak, health problems, oppression, etc. Sometimes it seems there is no hope and that no amount of light can overcome this darkness. Other times it is worse, it can seem completely paralyzing. The struggle and pain we experience is very real and hard to get through.
 
G-d is telling you here that in this place of darkness, can be found a great light, greater than anything you ever experienced before. This light is transformative, it gives new perspective and brings out new abilities. The greater the darkness the greater the light that is to be found.
 
This doesn’t mean that darkness is good, but if you experience darkness, search for the positive in it. Use the new light to brighten your surroundings and make a difference.
 
With all this said, we all have had enough darkness in our lives. Now it is time for Moshiach to come and for the darkness to end. Let the light shine uninterrupted in our lives. Moshiach NOW!!!