Torah haiku: Bo

When darkness is felt,
Only then can our light shine
In freedom’s bright dawn.

The ninth and tenth plagues on Egypt – three days of darkness and death of the firstborn – were Israel’s pivot into release from slavery. The dark was no mere twilight but a palpable blackness that was physically “felt” (Ex. 10:21), and the tragic deaths that followed symbolized change. Sometimes we must feel the pitch black of darkness before we can embrace change and walk free into the light.

What darkness must you feel so your brightest light can shine?


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