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A Bisl Torah – More Than Fireworks

What sustains and nourishes a beginning spark to ensure the light doesn’t sputter out?
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July 6, 2023
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It is spectacular watching the fireworks display on the 4th of July. Red, white and blue designs lighting up the dark of the night. The experience leaves adult and child alike with a sense of optimism and inner joy.

And yet, as the fireworks dissipate into the smoky oblivion, there’s a realization that there must be more than fireworks. What sustains and nourishes a beginning spark to ensure the light doesn’t sputter out?

The passion one pours into family, work, or a hobby begins with the glow of a lit match. Think of one of your greatest achievements. Behind success is the methodical, meticulous tending to the embers of courage and a willingness to learn.

When God created the world, we’re told that God’s light scattered. Sparks of holiness begging to be discovered and repurposed. The gathering of the sparks of light is what leads to the perfection and completeness of God’s creation. There is also an understanding that individuals are meant to find particular sparks of God’s light to help lift and refine the essence of their being.

When we discover what fuels us, it is a divine act to sustain the fire within. An act that leads to the repair of the world.

It is more than fireworks momentarily brightening a summer sky.

It is the revelation of God’s enduring light. The magic that emboldens your soul.

Shabbat Shalom


Rabbi Nicole Guzik is a rabbi at Sinai Temple. She can be reached at her Facebook page at Rabbi Nicole Guzik or on Instagram @rabbiguzik. For more writings, visit Rabbi Guzik’s blog section from Sinai Temple’s website.

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