‘Sweets for the Soul’

Today, Isaac Scharf has sweetened my day more than all the sugar in my cupboards. In his recent article, he wrote a touching and heart-warming story about young 28 year old Itamar Glazer, creator of the weekly initiative he calls “Sweets for the Soul.”

Glazer’s project (God bless him) is to provide sweet home-baked cakes delivered by volunteers to home-bound and lonely elderly people, many of them Holocaust survivors, each Friday prior to sunset in order that their Shabbat may be a sweet one.

I re-read Scharf’s article three times and my diabetes rose in numbers due to the magnificence of Glazer’s sweetness.

More and more each day which covers us with great fear and too much loneliness, Itamar Glazer’s self-created project is not only a taste of sweetness for the body but more so, another picture of Israel’s outstanding care and compassion for the elderly ill, infirm and lonely people who live among us, too often forgotten in their old age.

If there is a fund to contribute for Glazer’s project I am certain that almost every Israeli citizen would be honored to make a contribution.

We are a nation of heroes. Not only those on the fields of battle but also for the unknown and ordinary people among us who reach out to others who are in need and who are grateful for loving caring hands.

I, for one, am deeply grateful to Isaac Scharf for bringing this beautiful story to the attention of our readers. It is truly heart-warming to learn of the compassionate deeds from young to elderly people.

It is another outstanding example of Israeli humanity. We need much more in our daily lives.

The photos attached to Scharf’s article can bring tears of happiness to the eyes of all who look upon the faces of anonymous elderly persons so glad to extend their hands to receive a home-baked cake.

Chocolate or cheese-cake, it will melt in their mouths with the joy of knowing that they have not been forgotten.

It is a fulfillment of their (and my) constant prayer to Almighty God: “Al tashlichainu l’et zikna”.. do not cast us away in our old age.

If there could be a prize for kindness I would recommend Itamar Glazer, if not for a Nobel Prize at least perhaps for the Israel Prize. His genuine love for those in need and in confinement during these very difficult and often bitter days of so many lives is deserving of praise and commendation from our elderly and beloved president, Reuven Rivlin.

But it all depends on which kind of cake Itamar Glazer will bake for him.

As I understand it, our dear president is a choco-holic . He thrives on sweets and brings his sweetness to the nation.

Many thanks to Isaac Scharf whose beautiful story has brought much sweetness into my life.

May Hashem, Avinu Malkainu, May the Almighty. Our Father and our King, bestow thousands of His sweetest blessings upon Itamar Glazer who has brought so much sweetness by his kindness and great heart into the hearts of all who are familiar with his story.

He has a very special place in my heart. A very very sweet place. And a thank-you without end. He is someone I would like to meet and to taste a slice of his home-baked cake… a cake baked with love.

About the Author
Esor Ben-Sorek is a retired professor of Hebrew, Biblical literature & history of Israel. Conversant in 8 languages: Hebrew, Yiddish, English, French, German, Spanish, Polish & Dutch. Very proud of being an Israeli citizen. A follower of Trumpeldor & Jabotinsky & Begin.
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