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The Big Spill

Friday, 28 May, 2010 - 4:00 pm

Much ink has been spilled about the recent oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Efforts to plug the incessant flow are muddled in doubt.

We too, sometimes struggle with shutting down our own internal spigot. At times, it’s a flow of unwanted feelings, or words that we know we should not be saying. It can be a deviant behavior that we are wrestling to overcome. How do we put a stop-gag on our own inner spring of activity that seems to shoot forth from the depths of our darker side?

In healing there are two approaches: One is to fight the ailment head-on. Treat the condition directly. The other is to strengthen the body – via more healthy eating, exercise and regimen that will bolster the body’s own immune system and overpower the disease.

In the cosmic clash between good and evil, light and dark, we also wage the same battle. But why fight darkness endlessly when you can simply turn on the light and it will vanish?

This is the message of this week’s Torah portion, Behaalosech. The Torah enjoins us to kindle the flames of the Menorah in the Temple until they remain lit of their own accord. Instead of wrestling with darkness, let’s just increase the bright light of Torah and good deeds and, automatically, darkness will recede.

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