Berit Engen: WEFT and D'RASH – Weaving a Thousand Jewish Tapestries
Berit Engen: WEFT and D'RASH – Weaving a Thousand Jewish Tapestries

OUR UPS AND DOWNS, AND KING SOLOMON’S
– “This, Too, Shall Pass”


A tale: King Solomon, who dealt with wild mood swings, assembled his wisest men and requested a magical item that would in sad times make him happier and in exuberant times curb his enthusiasm. After much thinking and head scratching, they advised him to have a ring engraved: “This Too Shall Pass.” Wearing it, he would constantly be reminded that everything changes.
 
The tapestries were woven during the first year of the Covid-19 virus when we witnessed added suffering due to the lack of a coordinated federal response and the destruction of pre-existing plans and policies. Although the Solomonic tale provides comfort, the story’s ultimate wisdom is that it is a good idea to prepare practically on a national scale for inevitable bad times. Not a new idea, Joseph did it in Egypt.


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Our Ups and Downs, and King Solomon's
 Our Ups and Downs, and King Solomon's
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