In the portion of Vayigash, Yehuda is awakening within himself the understanding that, "It's not my father Jacob, it’s not my other brothers, it is I; I have to awaken myself to become a protector.” In this case, he was a protector for his brother Benjamin. And it is that unique Light which is being awakened in our world from this portion, awakening us to truly begin to view ourselves as protectors of this world.
There is a section in the Midrash Rabbah which talks about when darkness was first experienced in our world. It speaks about the Light in the beginning of creation, and how, at that time, when Adam was connected to that Light, he had the ability to see everything that existed and everything that will exist. And it says that this original Light shined for 36 hours: twelve hours on Friday, twelve on the day of Shabbat, and twelve on the night of Saturday. So from Friday - when... read more