Strength on Wednesday

The photograph above was taken a few years back. It is one of my favorite black and white captures, because, for me, it symbolizes strength, a quality that many Jewish individuals possess.

This wasn’t always apparent, as back in the time continuum, Jews were more or less taught through the generations to be quiet, lead a low profile, not act aggressively or make others notice them. World War II, changed that perception, for obvious reasons.

The Jews began to perceive their silence differently, especially the Jews in Israel. They wanted the world to recognize the depth of their despair and disposal of life. They wanted remembrance for inflictions caused and for the deaths of those murdered. Their strength, began to illuminate their inner and external surroundings.

The oaks and the pines, and their brethren of the wood, have seen so many suns rise and set, so many seasons come and go, and so many generations pass into silence, that we may well wonder what “the story of the trees” would be to us if they had tongues to tell it, or we ears fine enough to understand. Anonymous

I never saw a discontented tree. They grip the ground as though they liked it, and though fast rooted they travel about as far as we do. They go wandering forth in all directions with every wind, going and coming like ourselves, traveling with us around the sun two million miles a day, and through space heaven knows how fast and far! ~John Muir

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8 responses to “Strength on Wednesday

  1. A lovely photo, with some profound sentiments in your text

  2. Very beautiful shot and a heartfelt and eloquent post.

  3. Thought provoking post — I’ll keep that picture (and the words) in my mind for a long time.

  4. Oh I loved this post…something more for me to ponder on..thank you Lorri…..Michelle

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