Sometimes it is very difficult to cut the umbilical cord. This may be true literally, but in this case, I’m not talking about something physical – though it does feel like a physical separation sometimes. One example of this separation anxiety happens to me when I read or watch the news. I read news from the U.S., and from around the world, but every day I also try to read news from Argentina, Israel, and Colombia – countries that have been my home. And I feel a deep connection with those places even though it has been many years since I’ve lived there.

Something very unusual happened a few weeks ago in South America.

Suddenly, at about 7:00 am, more than 50 million people lost power. There was no storm related event that prompted the outage. Most of Argentina and Uruguay, as well as parts of Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, and Bolivia were blacked out for more than six hours.

It is the largest blackout ever recorded in the world.

The outage disturbed Father’s Day celebrations, transportation and communications.

How does this relate to a rabbi’s blog?

The Talmud in Brachot 9B states that the beginning of the morning happens “When one can see another person, who is merely an acquaintance from a distance of four cubits and recognize him.”

In other words, there is light when you can see there is another human being close to you.

One of the most famous scrolls found in the Dead Sea caves in Qumran was “The War of the Sons of Light against the Sons of Darkness.” In it, an apocalyptic description of a war divided in two periods, ends up with victory of the light over the darkness where the darkness is totally destroyed.

As we have recently passed the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year, when there is more than five hours more light than the shortest day of the year, we should acknowledge that other parts of the world experience the opposite.

Our complex world challenges us every day. We are asked to find more light and try to dissipate darkness. We strive to find the right balance about what type of news we want to read, how we sift through all there is to read and how we process that news, too.

Posted by Rabbi Fabián Werbin

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…and so? How that relates to the apagon? Was it ever solved?

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