Joy in the Light and Also in the Dark
8 December, 2020
This discourse was taught by the Rebbe on Shabbat Vayeshev in 1969, which was Shabbat Chanukah. The Haftorah from Zacharia begins (2:14) ‘Sing and rejoice daughter of Zion’. The Rebbe expounds this following a passage in the Zohar, explaining that ‘singing’ is in the evening, and ‘rejoicing’ is in the morning. Evening and morning mean the darkness of Exile or the daylight of redemption. Further, the Jewish people are termed ‘daughter of Zion’ rather than ‘Zion’, because of their state of Exile. Yet this too can bring them to great heights of service of the Divine.