Saturday, January 15, 2011

Words


In the beginning was the Word.
“Words, [my father] often wrote, are themselves sacred, God’s own tool for creating the universe, and our tools for bringing holiness—or evil— into the world. He used to remind us that the Holocaust did not begin with the building of crematoria, and Hitler did not come to power with tanks and guns; it all began with uttering evil words, with defamation, with language and propaganda. Words create worlds." -- Susannah Heschel, speaking of her father, Rabbi Abraham Heschel
Food for thought -- with thanks to Ed Bacon for the quote -- as we continue think about what it means to "recalculate our rhetoric" and align both our work and our words with God's love, justice and compassion.

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