Some time ago I wrote a children’s book which has been sitting in a file on my computer. With everything that has happened in these past few weeks, I thought it was time pull it out and share with everyone. It is a very simple story but I think it speaks to a question that many people are asking right now: where is Hashem in all of this tragedy?
Simply put, Hashem is everywhere. Hashem is the light in this world. A light that is sometimes hard to see, sometimes nearly impossible to find, but He is always there. We may not always understand what happens in this world and why, but we must hold onto Hashem and trust Him. There is a greater picture, a fully realized canvas that we cannot understand or comprehend.
We must hold tight to Hashem during the good times and, more importantly, during the difficult times. We must stand with our homeland and embrace the people in Eretz Yisrael with whom we have a bond more powerful than blood. We are one people with one home and one G-d and we must always remember that Hashem is everywhere.
We have all tried to describe Hashem to ourselves but how do we describe Hashem to children? How do we explain Hashem’s presence in a simple, kid friendly way? This is my attempt to do just that:
Hashem is Everywhere
As Daniel walked home from synagogue with his father he asked, “Daddy, where’s Hashem?”
Daniel’s father answered, “Hashem is everywhere.”
“Is Hashem under that rock?”
Daniel ran over to the rock and turned it upside down. “I don’t see Him! I just missed Him!”
Daniel’s father laughed.
Daniel continued walking with his father.
As they reached their house Daniel asked, “Daddy, is Hashem inside our house?”
Daniel’s father replied as he opened the door, “Yes.”
“I don’t see Him. Where is He?”
“Daniel, why don’t you look in the family room while I make us some lunch.” Before his father could finish his suggestion, Daniel began searching the room.
Daniel turned over all the cushions, crawled behind the couch, and peered behind the book cases. “I can’t find Him. I keep missing Him.”
Daniel stopped his search as he heard his father yell, “Come in and eat lunch. You can look later.”
Daniel bounced into the kitchen and sat down at the table.
After eating half of his sandwich Daniel asked, “Daddy, is Hashem in my sandwich?”
Daniel’s father laughed as he said, “Yes, Hashem is everywhere.”
Daniel paused and said with a smile, “He tastes good.”
Daniel and his father laughed as they finished their lunch.
“Can I start looking for Hashem again?”
“I think you should take a nap now. You can look again after that.”
Daniel yawned, “Looking for Hashem makes me sleepy.”
“You’re right. It takes a lot of time and energy. It can make you very sleepy.” Daniel slowly climbed the stairs with his father following him.
As Daniel got into bed he asked his father, “Daddy, can you check the closet for monsters?”
“There are no monsters in the closet, only Hashem.”
“Can I see?”
“You can’t see Hashem. He is everywhere at the same time.”
“Why can’t I see him?”
“Hashem is… invisible. He is always watching you and always protecting you.”
Daniel closed his eyes as he said, “Just like Mommy is always with me. Right?”
“Right. Just like Mommy.”