The weekly Torah reading, Bo, ‘Come’, describes the biblical plague of darkness. While we usually understand this plague as an embodiment of God’s might, we may instead explore the plague of darkness as an insight into the human experience of isolation. We often describe loneliness and hopelessness as a state of darkness, a predicament in which we are unable to see light or hope. We are rendered frozen and helpless to respond proactively or even logically to our pain. We see no one else but ourselves and internalize a pervasive sense of otherness.
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