by HaRav Dov Begon
Rosh HaYeshiva, Machon Meir
“There was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt for three days. People could not see one another, and no one left his place for three days” (Exodus 10:23).
When there is darkness, people cannot see one another and they get cut from one another. The darkness and dysfunction can sometimes grow to a point where “no one leaves his place,” that is, no one is capable of standing erect and changing things.
Today, when someone cannot see the distress of his fellow man, that is a sign that that he is sunken in spiritual and mental darkness. Sometimes, he feels like things will never improve. The antidote for these difficult situations is to light a candle and thereby increase the light -- the light of love and faith, of Torah and mitzvot and good deeds. When someone does not see or notice his fellow man, when that which divides and separates seems to stand out and that which unites seems concealed, precisely in such situations we must resolve to stand firm and to stress that which unites all of Israel together. Just so, in Egypt, there was thick darkness, while “all of Israel had light in their dwellings” (Ibid.). So too may we merit that a new light will shine over Zion, and may we all be privileged to benefit from its light.
Looking forward to complete salvation,