Of the making of stamps, there is no end

Of the making of stamps, there is no end

It’s been quite a year, no?

As we count down to Rosh Hashanah and the new year of 5782, the Israeli postal service has captured the mood of the soon-to-be-forgotten, never-to-be-missed 5781 in its recently issued series of holiday stamps.

How better to capture the international mood than with excerpts from Ecclesiastes, that most stoic and teeth-gritting of biblical books?

Forget the Byrds’ and Peter Paul and Mary’s perky renditions of Pete Seeger’s adaptation of the ancient Hebrew words into the 1960s folk song “Turn, Turn, Turn.”

Think rather of the spirit of 2021 as you affix stamps to your holiday greeting cards with the Hebrew mottos of “The sun rises, and the sun sets,” “All streams flow into the sea, yet the sea is never full; to the place from which they flow the streams flow back again,” and “One generation goes, another comes.”

Well, maybe that last one has a touch of hope.


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