Torah for this Hour | December 14, 2023

The hour is late, very late. A time of bloodshed, and existential angst. A solution to the conflict appears to be further away than ever. Individuals and peoples all have their own interests at heart. We inhabit our trauma, and they theirs. How is one to find any hope in such a reality?

The evil of October 7 retrojects us into the traumas of the past — including a trauma I grew up with in the home of Holocaust survivors. The reoccupation of Gaza projects us back into their trauma, the trauma of the Nakba. How will we ever extricate ourselves from this?

From where can we draw hope? Where does the truth lie? One answer alone do I have: belief in human beings and in the eternal God, the God of truth who demands that we set the world aright under the sovereignty of the divine and to walk with those who are ready to do what it takes to make the world right.

Psalm 121 begins, “I lift up my eyes to the hills. Where shall my help come from? My help comes from the Eternal, maker of the heavens and the earth …”

From understanding the Ayin, Nothingness says the Kabbalah — from a wide perspective that joins us with Creation and its beauty, we can draw the strength to set the world aright, if only by disseminating a ray of light.

As my beloved wife blessed our family this year, “May it be God’s will that we have the privilege of disseminating light.”