“Blessed are You, L-rd, our G-d, King of the Universe, Who forms light and creates darkness, makes peace and creates all” (Morning Service).

Like anything written by our sages, these words are filled with eternal significance.  


There is physical darkness and spiritual darkness. These distinctions are not theoretical.  


"When Jacob finished instructing his sons, he drew his feet onto the bed; he expired and was gathered to his people." (Genesis 49:33) So ends an era. But the influence of the Patriarchs is so powerful that it remains with their children until the end of time. All of our prayers begin with the words, "G-d of Abraham, G-d of Isaac and G-d of Jacob...


Chanukah is the quintessential holiday of exile.

The neiros (Chanukah lights) illuminate the darkest season of the year. This is the only holiday that begins during the period of the waning moon. The days of Chanukah actually become darker and darker ... until the very end, because Chanukah ends just when the sliver of the New Moon is becoming visible in the night sky. 


The world was filled with idolatry. One man, our Father Abraham, understood that there had to be a Creator. He found the Torah and its Author. From our Father Avraham descended a nation of Priests, “goy kadosh … a holy nation.” (Exodus 19:6) In today’s darkness, Hashem is still close to us. If we look for Him we can find Him. We simply have to keep looking.  



Recent Posts


Chanukkah heaven Ishmael Talmud Mount Sinai Greeks danger mikveh Western World keys terrorist Jewish Moshaich Mount Zion Jewish holidays Bais Hamikdosh yeshiva Temple Mount Golan lights Macabees purity judgement Jewish People prayer paradise sun Moab Lot Esther salvation Rabbi Akiva slaves Jeremiah tablets pray G-d exile Sages Yerushalayim song King David Miriam cholent Dead Sea Sefiras haOmer death Achashveirosh fragrance Leah minyan Holy land Lunar eclipse Hashem Psalm terror Maimonides locusts Judaism Torah ethics chaos God King Solomon prophets New Moon terrorism matzos esrog sin Geula Chanukah fear Rebbe meraglim Garden of Eden trees ancestors Ten Commandments terrorists Raiders of the Lost Ark Esau earthquake Day of Atonement Golden Calf Faith Ruth Rabbis enemies Moses Angel of Death Creator Chofetz Chaim Protective edge Jew United Nations Midrash repent commandment patriarchs flood Baku Adam Parsha Tallis Abrahem Matisyahu Jews Zion, Angel idolatry gossip liberation Elul Ishmeal Hagar tremors chessed High Priest Pharaoh Heavenly Mercy Jewish festival Ezekiel forefathers Yom Kippur Tzuk etan Solomon Sabbath night mikveh, Sabbath leprosy mitzvos Genesis heavenly gates Balak prayer book slavery Benjamin persecution prophet eternal prophet Samuel bris milah Sukkah Malbim logic Rosh Hashanah Final redemption Day of Judgement Mount Hermon missiles redeemer Song of Songs Exodus culture spiritual Holy Temple barley Matriarchs Rebecca Zohar Rome fault mitzva Noah Land of Israel peace materialism Nation of Israel David Torah scholars holy cries rabbi miracles Zion darkness Europe heavenly throne creation holiday Moshiach shield of Abraham Master of the Universe Sea of Galilee Isaac murder patriarchs'matriarchs water Magog Teshuva Gog Sephardi kosher Prophecy sanctity Rashi Divine presence High Holy Days Sukkos idol menorah Amram Moshe Tisha b'Av resurrection Shechina Psalms Repentence Sarah automobiles deluge Rosh Hashana miracle secret kiddush King of the Universe Edom Passover Shabbos Holy Ark rain Terror Attack in Jerusalem bird repentance Chafetz Chaim Isaiah hubris America Israel Torah portion king Shavuos Eglon prayers rosh chodesh alone Samuel the Prophet pain Jacob Mordechai biblical End of Days Rachel Jerusalem Judah siddur angel Holiness Zechariah spirituality Egypt world to come Ammon Father in Heaven Ashkenazi Tu b'Shvat Purim media Red Sea soul messiah Holocaust priests Babylonia tears Western Wall incense Solar eclipse Maccabeans redemption Eve three weeks evil plague Passover Seder violence Hebrew synagogue Samuel Hasmoneans Earth Abraham Tu b'Av shmittah Miraglim war self-worship Canaan spies Avraham seder Boaz evil inclination compassion Babylon Aharon blessing Chol haMoed Shushan Amalek Golus Sodom India sacrifices Joseph Ishamael stars Second Temple dreams Pinchas Haman evolution Galil brotherhood bible Children of Israel stones fires Banias eternity Laban Judgement Day 2020 Vision Bilaam moon yarmulke Tefillin Beit Hamikdash tabernacle Yaakov Blame survival shofar Temple kesuba angels Red Heifer kinneret light