Artwork by Daniel Kabakoff
JUNCTURES OF LIGHT
sonnets on the weekly Torah portion and the corresponding chapter of Tanya
Upon a world of darkness and of waste
G-d spoke the word of light, and light blazed forth.
Then between light and dark, and heaven and earth,
He set up boundaries not to be effaced.
But when to humankind His thought gave birth,
When he set His likeness as a seal
On us, that all things He had made might feel
Our sway, and we ourselves might know our worth,
Then in earth’s clay heaven’s breath He did instill,
Two souls He fashioned for us, one divine,
One beastly. Good and less-good thus combine
In us. But we are summoned to reveal
G-d’s presence, as our evil we refine,
And on a world of darkness flash light’s sign.