Walking through a museum, Rabbi Jen Lader was moved by a small black bowl on a pedestal with cracks running through it, as if it had been broken.
But the cracks were astounding. They were painted with gold. They were gleaming in the light.
The piece was 15th century art recognized as “Golden Repair,” where something that once was broken is completely transformed into something beautiful — perhaps even more beautiful than it originally was.
We have all experienced something that makes us feel shattered, but the power of transformation can make us whole again.
As the rabbi said, this concept is known as Post Traumatic Growth — climbing out of the darkness, reaching into the light. . .