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  1. Jenny Roberge says

    Our Jewish traditions are constantly reminding us how life can be broken both in our personal and communal spheres.
    In the Talmud Bava Batra it says that the broken luchot – tablets – were placed side by side with the second set in the Aron Hakodesh. It served as a symbolic reminder of communal failure but it also served as a symbol of our capacity to rebuild. The concept of brokenness is carried throughout Judaism: To name a few, we blow shofar notes called shevarim – which means broken. On Pesach, the Matza is broken and never used whole during the seder rituals. At a Jewish wedding, the bride and groom stand under a Chupa and break the glass – which is again a reminder of destruction and the fragility of life.

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