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Taken Literally

Friday, 3 February 2012

B-day Gift from Mom & DadGiraffe

During a time of tremendous upheaval, the prophet Isaiah taught:

וְכִתְּתוּ חַרְבוֹתָם לְאִתִּים, וַחֲנִיתוֹתֵיהֶם לְמַזְמֵרוֹת–לֹא-יִשָּׂא גוֹי אֶל-גּוֹי חֶרֶב, וְלֹא-יִלְמְדוּ עוֹד מִלְחָמָה
…and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

Was this meant to be taken literally? Israeli artist, Yaron Bob, seems to think so. Living near the Gaza Strip, Yaron Bob has seen firsthand the destruction caused by the more than twelve thousand Kassam rockets that have been fired onto the Israeli civilian population in southern Israel. Utilizing the rocket metal, Bob turns weapons meant for destruction into symbols of enduring faith and life.

Today I received a lovely necklace, made by Bob, from Mom-&-DadGiraffe for my birthday. [Actually, it arrived some weeks ago and has been sitting in the living room, waiting for my actual birthday to arrive. Don’t like to open gifts ahead of time…bad luck.] All day, I kept touching it and marveling at the chutzpah of creating something so lovely out of something so hateful.

For more information, see Rockets into Roses. And thanks, Mom and Dad, for a gift that is both lovely and meaningful.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Friday, 3 February 2012 3:28 pm

    Enjoy it and wear it in good health!

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Sunday, 5 February 2012 12:49 pm

      Thanks, Jane. I loved wearing it all day.

  2. Friday, 3 February 2012 3:51 pm

    Happy Birthday.

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Sunday, 5 February 2012 12:51 pm

      Thanks so much. It was a lovely day.

  3. Sunday, 5 February 2012 11:05 am

    Wow, what a beautiful idea. And I love the necklace! Amazing that something so delicate and artistic could come from something so grotesque. Hope your birthday was wonderful.

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Sunday, 5 February 2012 12:51 pm

      I agree. And it was a lovely day. I’ve always loved having my bday on a Friday because I could go to shul and get my bday blessing from the rabbi 😉

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