Light

19 Sep

My synagogue asked its members to write a brief passage on the theme of light for the coming new year (Rosh Hashanah). It was difficult to write metaphorically again, considering I’m no longer a wide-eyed 15-year-old writing for the high school literary magazine, nor am I a wise and experienced old soul. I’m 28. But it was fun to get the metaphorical gears turning again, and I’m proud of the results. Enjoy, and in a few weeks, shana tovah!


There’s an old saying that goes, “One candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.”

And while the other candle has everything to gain, it might be hard for it to see its own lighting as a good thing. It’s a big, new change, and everything is different.

We’re all that second candle at some point – or rather, at many points – in our lives. Illuminating change arrives, and it’s hard to see in the new light. Maybe the dark was better.

But once our eyes adjust, we can find good in this new light. It helps us to see what we couldn’t before, and shows us a new way to be. Once we accept the light, we can take to it. We can own it. As that second candle, we can make that light a part of ourselves.

It can be hard to accept new light, no matter the form in which it comes. But by remembering that there is light ahead, and a new future with it, hopefully we can find the bright side to our situations.

With this new year, may we all work to accept new lights in our lives – and may we all appreciate the candles who bring that light to us each and every day.

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One Response to “Light”

  1. Sandra Bernstein September 19, 2016 at 6:43 am #

    It is often hard to believe that you are only 28. Your wisdom and your elegant writing style are those of a person much beyond your years. Thank you for this beautiful essay.

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