Upon the Dust of Our Ancestors

All of Us - Aliza Abusch-Magder - jGirls+ Magazine

We learn we are built upon the dust of our ancestors
Born with strength engraved into our DNA
We choose to evolve, blossoming from our mistakes
Carving our own footsteps into the path of history

We learn there is no harm in being afraid
Surrounded by unjustified hatred
We choose to be courageous
Standing proud in the midst of peril

We learn to embrace our tradition
Inheriting matza and minor chords
We choose to be passionate
With everlasting, thunderous, irrational love

We learn to ask questions
Discuss the universe and all of its edges
We choose to wonder why
Though we may never know the answer

We learn to be a community
United in our differences
We choose to transform our words into actions
And have hope in a peaceful future

Accompanying Photo: “כולנו” (“All of Us”) by Aliza Abusch-Magder
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