This is part seven of the Restoring the Jewish Glory series.  I call this one, The Light At The End of The Tunnel People, or maybe The Tunnel-lighters. Here’s the concept –  We are known as people who, no matter where you throw us, we’re going to come out ok, one way or another. We may be hurt, killed, tossed-around, wounded, but as a people we are going to survive. We’re going to come through. We’re going to find the light at the end of the tunnel.

We learned that truth from our 210 years in Egypt, which was only a model of our final exile. Our Sages say that just as we came out of Egypt, we will come out of the final exile and experience a redemption.

King David talks about it when he says that for every bit of suffering and torture we experience, we will have recompense for all of it. And, deep in our souls we know that everyone who is part of Israel has a part in the World To Come.

It may take a long time to get to the place to earn it, but there is the light at the end of the tunnel. As King David says in a verse that is universal, “Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil because you are with me, G-d.”  Even in that valley of death, Gehennom, or wherever it happens to be, G-d is will us and He will pull us through.

We have a subconscious task or destiny which includes us, but it also includes G-d, who is in the exile along with us, so to speak. He’s in there with us, and He’s going to come out of the exile with us, too. That’s true in a larger sense, but also in a day-to-day sense in our personal lives.

Whenever we are hurting, we know that G-d is hurting, too. When we focus on that idea, we know it’s not just about my pain, but also about G-d’s pain, because G-d is suffering what I’m suffering. We know that G-d is eventually going to get out, and we’ll be there with Him.

We are in a period right now called The Three Weeks of The Narrow Straits, which is the same time period when the greatest cataclysms have occurred throughout history. Underneath that reality, we have a subconscious realization that these darkest of days hold the highest of lights. They hold the ability to get out of the darkness entirely, by bringing the Messianic Light directly into that place and time.

We are a nation of holy skeptics, which means we are more skeptical than gullible. We won’t buy into something immediately because we won’t settle for second-best. We know that there’s perfection waiting for us and we’re better than that. That’s why we’re skeptical in a holy way. It comes from the knowledge that there is holiness awaiting us, ultimately.

As a people, we know that the deeper we are found inside this tunnel, the deeper the darkness around us, every small step we take to extricate ourselves is equal to gigantic leaps and bounds in easier times. We are not afraid of where we are, because we know there is a pay-off, a compensation for it eventually.

We know that when we get the end of this exile, when we get to the redemption, we’ll be shown, just as the brothers of Joseph were shown, why everything had to happen as it did. When he said, “I am Joseph,” they could see how it all happened, how it came together like puzzle pieces and began to make sense.

G-d is going to tell us, “I am G-d,” and all the hidden puzzle pieces will come together for us, and we’ll see it was all preparation to get out of the tunnel. It will all come together and it will all make sense. We’re going to see it clearly, retroactively.

We are the children of Abraham, Issac and Jacob. For an example, Jacob is called, “the holy Jacob,” because he planted inside us this survival skill.  We have the ability to go into the deepest, darkest, most deceptive places and come out shining. After 20 years Jacob came out of the house of his father-in-law, Lavan, the most deceptive man in the world, and he came out shining, he came out whole.

He came out holy, which is when a person goes into an anti-holy place and comes out having maintained his own holiness and having planted holiness in that anti-holy place. That’s the ultimate light at the end of the tunnel. It’s where you lit up the whole tunnel

Napoleon, during these same three weeks, 100 years ago, saw a bunch of Jews sitting on the ground and mourning the loss of the Holy Temple. He actually came into Israel, sometime in the 1800s, and he saw this happening. He asked someone, “How long ago did the event they are mourning happen?” And he got the answer, “About 1800 years ago.” Napoleon was astonished, saying, “1800 years ago? If that’s true and they are still not satisfied, but they still have hope, then I guarantee this people will have its Temple again one day.“

Those grieving Jews understood there’s a light at the end of the tunnel, no matter how long that tunnel is. And that’s our legacy, too. We are the light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel people. And no matter what situations we are tossed into, we live our lives with the knowledge that there’s going to be a light at the end.