Section:  Avodah   Category: Emuna
The Borders Of The World Are The Borders Of Our Suffering
"Mi Sheamar L'Olami Dai Yomar L'Tzareseinu Dai" he who told the world, "enough" should tell my troubles "enough" (Psikta Zuta). Rashi in Mikeitz brings this as Yaakov's final words as he brokenheartedly sent Binyomin, his remaining link to his dear wife Rochel, down to Mitzrayim to pay respects to the Mitzri ruler who had already imprisoned Shimon. What does it mean that Hashem told the world "Dai" or "enough"? What is the connection to a person's tzorus?

The gemara (Chagiga 12a) says that when Hashem created the world it continued to expand endlessly until Hashem screamed at the world and it stopped. The whole bria was created as a test for man. Before the Bria, Hashem's full light shone all over infinitely. The Bria was a darkness to conceal, to a great degree, Hashem's light. The world and nature serve to conceal Hashem. It is in this environment is where man's avodah takes place. The purpose of the bria is to see if man can find the light in the darkness or if he led deeper into it.

The darkness, or the world, that was created expanded until it reached the point where if Hashem concealed Himself any more, man would not have enough light to breakthrough the darkness and find Hashem. Man would be doomed to failure. Less darkness and the test would be too easy. At this point Hashem told the world Dai, enough.

Similarly, difficulties in life are given to us in life as a means of causing darkness but challenging us to see though it and find the light. All the darkness is really Hashem cloaked behind his veil, Hester Panim, waiting to for you acknowledge him. Sickness is to remind us that we are not invincible and Hashem is the only Doctor who can save us. Financial troubles are to teach us that Hashem grants sustenance and not good ideas and hard work. It is all good because whatever happens to us is just to maintain our equilibrium and create the perfect well balanced test for us to earn eternal reward.

When faced with an overload of Tzorus, Yaakov turned to Hashem and pleaded, just like you stopped the world before it became too dark for man to see, so too end our myriad of Tzorus before it becomes to dark for us to find You.

In a two thousand year Galus where Chazal tell us that each day brings new Tzorus and is worse than the day before, we ask Hashem, "Please, the world is so dark and we have lost our way. We can barely see you anymore. Shine your light on our Tzorus, and stop the world from its ever expanding madness."