Noa Baum
“Beyond Labels: Bridging Differences Through Storytelling”
TEDxWilmingtonSalon: Fireside
Thursday, December 21st, 2017
Delaware Historical Society MORE INFO


As we approach the darkest time of the year, it seems that 2017 has been darker than most, with natural and man made calamities and the ongoing Unreality Show of US politics, not to mention the Middle East …

Personally, we’ve been through difficult times with my beloved husband reacting badly to a new MS treatment and spending an entire month mostly paralyzed in hospital. He returned home a few days ago and continues to inch his way out of the valley of shadows…

I’m embarrassed to report that a Hanukkah childhood song has invaded my mind this week. It is accompanied by vivid images of my long ago preschool days in Jerusalem: A gleeful march in line with my fellow three year old warriors, enthusiastically waving hands carrying imaginary torches and stomping in rhythm with the words: Banu Choshech Le’garesh …

Here’s a hopelessly crude translation of the Hebrew:
We have come to drive away the darkness!
In our hands fire and light.
Each alone is a tiny light but together we are a mighty light.
(stomp…stomp…) Move away Darkness,
(stomp…stomp…) off with you Pitch Blackness.
(stomp…stomp…) Move away here comes the light!

Going back to nursery rhymes seemsimplistic but these cliched words have acquired new meaning for me.

During this difficult time, I have been overwhelmed by the mighty light showered upon us by so many: my amazing adult kids, Maya and Ittai, our friends and neighbors, my beloved Adat Shalom congregation and the devoted caregivers and helpers that surround us. With countless acts of kindness and generosity and love they have pushed away the darkness!

Once again I’m affirmed in my belief that we have the power to do this for each other. My late father reminded me often: “The good in this world far outweighs the evil. But because it is so common, we forget and focus on the out of the ordinary, the less common evil.”

So in spite of ongoing dire and disturbing news, my heart is brimming with gratitude. Grateful and feeling so blessed that only the words of this childhood song can match the delight: Move away Darkness here comes the light!   

On the upcoming Winter’s Darkest Day next Thursday, I have the honor to be included in TEDxWilmingtonSalon: Fireside, devoted to storytelling and promising to illuminate and warm hearts.


Born and raised in Jerusalem, Noa Baum is an award-winning storyteller, author and public speaker presenting internationally with diverse audiences ranging from the World Bank, the US Defense Department and prestigious universities, to congregations, inner city schools and detention centers. READ MORE

TEDxWilmingtonSalon: Fireside // Thursday December 21st 2017 // Delaware Historical Society