I was honored today when my friend, who I lovingly refer to as my “Jewish mother,” brought me our wedding gift. She told me what she was planning a few months ago, but I couldn’t have imagined how beautiful and special it would turn out.
She found an amazing artist named Aaron Greenberg and commissioned a papercut piece that would represent the fragility of marriage. The artists described his inspiration for his work:
When creating this piece of artwork, I contemplated the joy that relationships bring us, as well as their fragility. I decided to include two pieces of Hebrew text, which are joined together in a Hasidic teaching. The teaching is that all persons should have two pieces of paper, one in each pocket. On one is written “On my behalf was the whole world created” (from the Mishnah of Sanhedrin 4:5) and on the other “I am but dust and ashes.” (from Genesis 18:2). The first text, which brings to mind joy and the importance each of us has in the world, is at the top of the papercut, floating in the trees along with the green growth and birds. The second text, which reminds us of our smallness and unimportance, rests on the ground below the towering trunk of the tree.
Isn’t it beautiful? We are truly overwhelmed by this exceptional gift. I will display it proudly as a constant reminder of all that we have and how hard we must work to keep it.