Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz: “The best way to get rid of darkness is simply to add light.”


Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz writes::

The original and preferable way to overcome evil was not to fight it but to provide a source of light.

Instead of man’s engaging in the painstaking process of sorting out the inimical, the holy sparks were drawn to the great fire and absorbed in it and what was left could not survive on its own. 

As in daily life, there are two ways of sorting:

One is to find and throw away the waste, the other is to select and aggrandize the edible.

These are different processes halachically as well as in terms of their essence.

The point is that the best way to get rid of darkness is simply to add light.

The shadows vanish of themselves, and light can be shed on any subject, in any situation, by means of love.

There is no need for struggle, contention, or confrontation.

–Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz

From In the Beginning by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz

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