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'These Are Moments'
these are moments.
of clarity and insight. of sitting and talking and laughing and learning. dancing in circles. not afraid.
moments that are made by songs and psalms and stories of what we are and deciding what we can be.
rarely where you expect to find them.
we're outside of the box
outside your comfort zone
i can't believe i'm finally here...
these are moments
where a desire to learn
a desire to speak for
an idea that you know is beautiful.
and a space that gives you permission
to take ownership over
because this is yours.
were meant to carry meaning.
to be collected.
and owned like no one ever told us we couldn't.
like nobody ever tried to convince us
that this wasn't cool.
that everything was set in stone.
and that this wasn't a tradition of social justice.
or a pathway to the divine.
this doesn't work in the 21st century.
when they tried to convince us that these moments couldn't fit our lives.
but these are our moments.
for we are the leaders. and the teachers. and the speakers. and the authors. the preachers. the searchers. and the seekers.
these are the moments.
that need to be learned
because these are
moments that we will see when we look in the mirror
and ask ourselves
what we did to
make the world.
and we make them.
Written by Pardes alumnus Andrew Lustig (Year '11-1'2)
Performed by Laurie Franklin, Sam Kaye, Emily Landau, Andrew Lustig, Joseph Shamash and the Pardes students, faculty and staff
Produced by Shoot East