It surrounds us and penetrates us. It binds the galaxy together.

At the stroke of solar midnight we mourn. The reasons for this mourning are manifold. We've lost so much. But one thing I never knew we were meant to mourn is (according to the Ben Ish Hai - Parshat VaYishlah 11) the secrets of the Torah which were exiled among the "externalities."

I was reviewing this teaching while sitting at the kever of Benayahu ben Yehoyada, and it hit me that these lost sparks of the hidden Torah are all the truths buried in pop culture, common sense, and Science.

To think that all of these truly enthralling truths are in exile, and that if they could be perceived through their true lens would be that much more wonderful really makes me sad. Sad and hopeful. Expectant for what is to be -- which is exactly what Tikkun Hatzot is supposed to be all about.


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