Hashem Forms Light and Creates Darkness (Isaiah 45:7)

During this time before the world has completed it’s tikkun, spiritual correction, the grey areas prevail and the majority of people are easily misled. While society looks up to those who pursue their bodily desires, spiritual leaders are mocked and scorned. Most people see darkness and call it light, then see light and call it darkness.

Only Hashem can make the perfect separation between light and darkness. King Solomon said, “The righteous and the wicked God will judge” (Ecclesiastes 3:17). Only Hashem can define good and evil. Only in Olam Haba, the World to Come, will we find a clear differentiation between truth and lies, good and evil. Our bodies, if driven by lust, appetites, and the Yetzer Hara, Evil Inclination, can easily mislead us. Our Sages warn us not to trust ourselves until our last day on earth (Avot 2:4). Hashem delineates between light and darkness, but we can still succumb to the chaos in the grey areas…

Based on The Garden of Knowledge, by Shalom Arush


Those Pesky Grey Zones (Part 1)

“And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness” (Breishit 1:4). Just as Hashem separated light from darkness, He wants us to identify and differentiate between good and evil, between mitzvah (commandment) and transgression.

The Yetzer Hara, the Evil Inclination, is constantly trying to erase the distinction in our minds. He attempts to trick us into thinking that a certain transgression is actually a mitzva, a righteous act.

Once a person, through Torah study, knows how to recognize evil, one can more easily refrain from doing a Torah prohibition. However, the danger zone is in a place where good and bad are mixed — the grey areas. Here a person can easily being tricked, and much of life can fall within those pesky grey zones… (To be continued, bsd)

Based on The Garden of Knowledge, by Rabbi Shalom Arush