Disculpen que no lo traducí al español, pero hay veces que ciertas cosas sólo se pueden expresar en un idioma. Acá les va…As I happily prepared chocolate covered cake pops for my daughter’s seventh birthday party, the tragic news of the day melted away my mood. Cake pop in one hand, phone with Facebook News Feed buzzing in the other… The pain, the suffering, the unanswered questions…again, with those unanswered questions…
My cake pops suddenly seemed so inconsequential and meaningless.
Cake pops do not qualify as comfort food at times like these.
But thankfully, the reason why I’m making cake pops does manage to bring me some comfort.
I’m planning a birthday party, a wonderful Jewish birthday celebration for my special Jewish daughter in honor of her birthday. The party is not just about cake pops. It is full of meaningful activities like saying pesukim (Torah passages), decorating tzedakah (charity) boxes, and kosher candy showering down from a zayin shaped piñata.
Therefore, the reason I will continue baking is that while some choose to cover this world with darkness- a darkness much thicker and darker than the coating on my cake pops, I choose to teach my daughter about light – the beautiful light in this world.
Her birthday is the day that G-d chose to bring her special light into the world. And from that day on, the light that she can bring, nobody else can. And because the world needs her light, I will continue giving my light… cake pops and all.
On that note, don’t forget to light Shabbat candles tomorrow afternoon. Only YOU can bring YOUR light into this world.
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Shabbat Shalom and may we all continue spreading the light.
Picture by Elisheva Golani Photography