Take words with you

The words on this papercut are taken from Hosea chapter 14, which is read as part of the haftarah for parshat Vayetzai. Around the edge of the circle, repeated three times, the text translates to “Return, Israel, to the Lord your G!d,” which is a directive we encounter often in Jewish texts. However, in the center, being carried by the dove, is the unusual text, the text that grabbed me: “take words with you.” From that, I take this message, that you shouldn’t plan to simply return (perhaps when wanting to perform teshuvah, repent, repair), but you should take words with you; be prepared to speak, to communicate, to be in dialogue, to have something (words) to offer as well.

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February 2016
7.5" x 7.5"