Wednesday, May 03, 2006
DO THIS FOR OTHER PEOPLE
WHENEVER YOU CAN ...
Everyone we know is carrying some unspeakable burden you may never know about.
Let me see your arm … hmmm … Your number starts with seventeen. In Hebrew, that’s “K’Minyan Tov.” Seventeen is a very good omen …”
(He was a priest. He wasn’t Jewish – but very intelligent!)
It ends with 13, the day a Jewish boy becomes a man…And look! Added together it totals 18. That’s “Chai,” the Hebrew number of life. I can’t know if I’ll survive this hell, but I’m certain you’ll come through all this alive!”
(I started to believe. I tell you, he put another life in me. And whenever it was very bad, I looked at the numbers of my arm and said, “Yes. The priest was right! It totals eighteen.”)
Art Spiegelman, Maus II
Posted by Susan Dunn, M.A. at 6:23 PM