Sometimes life is likened to walking through a dark tunnel in order to get to the light at the other end. I was walking through the Arab shuk (market) after davening neitz (Sunrise prayer) and this scene reminded me of that saying.
It is an interesting metaphor in that most of us do not see this world as being dark, and few of us understand what the light at the other end is supposed to be.
Some Jewish mystical writings call Hashem the “Ohr Ein Sof” (Light without end). More accurately He is called the “M’ohr Ein Sof,” (the Giver of the light without end).
Hashem creates the Universe out of light, but this light is somewhat hidden so it can be formed into the objects that we see. If the light wasn’t at least somewhat hidden we would not be able to see the objects that are being formed of it. So actually, this world is not dark, but is filled with hidden light.
Then we are told that at the end of this life our souls go before the Judge. The Judge is not light. The Judge is the Maker of the light.
So instead of calling this world a dark tunnel, maybe we should call it the passageway made of hidden light…a gorgeous opportunity when we use it right. And instead of calling it the light at the end of the tunnel we should call it the Glory that emanates from the Source of all light.
So the description of this world should be; the passageway made of hidden light that leads to the Glory that will draw our souls back up to where they originally came from.
Well, maybe the light at the end of the dark tunnel is not such a bad way of saying it after all.