We are in a moment of time where humanity feels that it has no where to go. We are stifled by the unending information flow of how bad our lives really are. Lockdowns, layoffs, and business closures all connected to some sort of virus no one can really explain other than that it appears to be a problem.
Yosef HaTzaddik was thrown into a well of darkness. He had no way out and descended deeper into Mitzrayim (Egypt) – the Land of constricted G-D consciousness. There he was thrown into a dungeon of darkness with no seeming way out.
Yehuda, his brother also descended to such depths, he unknowingly had relations with his former daughter-in-law thinking she was a prostitute.
The darkness enveloped both brothers and their family – the House of Israel.
And yet, the Redemption came from all of this. The light within, burst forth and shone the path forward.
Rebbe Nachman of Breslov teaches that over inundation of information causes one to have a face of darkness – leading to depression. However, the simple path, the path pure faith, disregarding the negative messaging that seeks to flood our lives cause our faces to shine. We can be like a menorah – shining bright, but we first must disregard the forces of doubt and “dark winters” that seek to scare us into compliance and servitude.
This Chanukah is a time when we can find the light within and there is no better time than now!