g-d holds our handsin the darkness ofexile and redeems us
A Jews asks: How is it possible, amidst these
difcult and challenging times of exile, toproperly serve G-d and prepare to usher in theera of the true and complete redemption?! *Even though “darkness shall cover the earth,”that has no bearing on a Jew at all, knowingthat G-d Alm-ghty is present with him in everycircumstance.
Translated by Boruch Merkur
how can a jew remainunaffected by thedarkness of exile?
, the Torah of Truth, tells a Jew that we arepresently in the final days of exile and that we have to preparefor the true and completeredemption. Yet, one’s perceptionmay well contradict this truth,leaving him perplexed. He seesthe world steeped in darkness,as in the verse, “darkness shallcover the earth, etc.” (Yeshayahu60:2), and that we are still farremoved from experiencingthe revelation of G-dly light,certainly not the sublimerevelation of the future era of redemption, when “G-d shall beto you for an everlasting light”(ibid 60:19). If so, he reasons,how can one remain unaffected by the darkness of the world?How is it possible, amidst thesedifficult and challenging times of exile, to properly serve G-d andprepare to usher in the era of thetrue and complete redemption?!
G-d returnswith the exiles
In response to this, there is alesson derived from the weeklyTorah portion related to today’sdaily study – the verse, “And G-dshall return (with) your captivity,etc.” (Nitzavim 30:3): A Jew must know that theDivine presence resides withthe Jewish people even as theysuffer in exile (and it remains with us until the final momentof exile). And when the Jewishpeople are redeemed, it shall bein a manner of “‘And G-d shallreturn (with) your captivity,etc.’ – it does not say, ‘He shall
return your captivity
,’ but, ‘
your captivity,etc.,’ inscribing redemption forHimself, for He shall return withthem” (Rashi on the verse).Therefore, even though“darkness shall cover the earth,etc.,” that has no bearing atall, for a Jew knows that G-dis present with him in everycircumstance. Accordingly it is understoodthat when G-d Alm-ghtycommands the Jewish peopleto prepare for the true andcomplete redemption, and toprepare the entire world forthe revelation of G-dly light, by means of illuminating one’shome and environment with thelight of Torah and Judaism, it isabsolutely certain (without anydoubt at all) that each and everyJew can succeed in His G-dlymission, for G-d is with him.Thus, he fulfills his service with joy and with a good spirit, as it is written, “serve G-d with joy.” Infact, his joy adds to the successof his service.In this manner, we willsoon merit to go out of exile, asdescribed in the commentary of Rashi (on the verse ibid 30:3),G-d “literally holds the hands of every single person, [taking him]out of his place, as it is said, ‘youshall be gathered one by one, Ochildren of Israel’ (Yeshayahu27:12).”
(From the address to the N’sheiU’b’nos Chabad, 24 Elul 5741,bilti muga)
Erev Sukkos 5773