Today is the northern hemisphere autumnal equinox, the day from which daylight grows shorter until the deepest dark of winter. As the days grow shorter, darkness seems to overpower light, and it is easy to turn to despair and hopelessness. But all things are cyclical; soon light will overpower darkness, continuing a pattern that has endured for countless millennia.
But until that day comes, what can we do? We can let the light of our own lives, our neshamot—our essences, or souls if you will—shine forth even more radiantly than we usually let it. We can love each other and live in peace with our neighbors. We can treat this planet that we live on with intimate respect.
When we do these things, the sacredness of our fellow people and the holiness of the world we inhabit will become evident. And despite the earth’s axial tilt, the light will overpower the darkness.
בְּרוּכָה אָתְּ שְׁכִינָה, יוֹצֶרֶת אוֹרוֹת עוֹלָם, וּמְחַיָּה מַעֲשֶׂה בְרֵאשִׁית.
B’ruchah at shekhinah, yotzeret orot olam, u-meḥayah ma’aseh vereishit.
Blessed are You, Presence of the Divine, which creates the world’s lights and endows the works of creation with life.