WHAT DO YOU THINK?
The commentary to this quotation reflects upon challenging life experiences that seem to “break” us, but end up strengthening each of us as a person. In a similar vein, Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Kotzk celebrates the completeness of a broken heart. This oxymoron requires our attention and clarification.
How can the same heart be both “broken” and “whole”?
Can you think of examples of people who grew and became more “whole” through life experiences that appeared to “break” them?
Have you ever been in a similar situation? How did you move from brokenness to growth and wholeness?
Does this quotation about brokenness say the same as does the quotation of Rabbi Nachman of Breslau, “if you believe breaking is possible, believe fixing is possible”? How are the statements similar—and different?
WHAT DO YOU SEE?
Each image calls out to us to examine it, to note our thoughts and feelings, and relate these impressions to the quotation. Often clues in the artwork suggest meaning and invite interpretation.
Designer Michael Peters conveys the meaning of the rabbi’s quotation by using a single image on a solid-colored background.
How does the image present the quotation? Was this how you interpreted the quotation without the image?
Why do you think Peters uses two bandages to create the heart, and not a single heart-shaped bandage?
Compare this image with the one depicting the quotation of Rabbi Nachman of Breslau, “if you believe breaking is possible, believe fixing is possible.” What message does each poster convey about the themes of brokenness, healing, and fixing?
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