This song describes the many times God saved the Jewish people in the middle of the night. One reason we celebrate Pesach at night is because the Jewish people saw God at night. At this darkest time, when everything around is unclear and appears to indicate the absence of God, they drew close to Him, and this faith brought the redemption.
The end of the song, describing the era of Mashiach, is perplexing “Bring the day that is neither day nor night”. What does this mean?
The Maggid of Radin told a story of several men who went on a long journey across Russia.
It was the middle of winter and they had a special sledge pulled by two horses. They started the journey at night, spoke for a while before drinking some wine to warm their bones and fell asleep.
Morning came, but the travellers were sleeping. The days were short and when the travellers awoke it was already dark again. They spoke for a few hours, drank some wine to warm themselves and once again fell asleep, eventually waking when the darkness had once again fallen. Frustrated they called to the driver, “Why is the night so long?”. The driver replied “If only you would have only opened your eyes, you would have seen the daytime too.”
In our life we have the dark times, where things seem to make no sense. We have the day times, when everything seems clear. The Messianic era that we sing of is neither. It is when all the darkness the Jewish people have lived through will be seen in a new light. That is what we sing for.
Today, our challenge is to begin to open our eyes in anticipation.