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A red white and blue logo for Jewish American Heritage Month
In September of this year, we launched a new “community voices” series to acknowledge history and heritage months. In this series, we ask community members from the group being acknowledged to write short essays about the meaning of the history/heritage month.
For Jewish-American Heritage Month (May), Franklin fourth grader Norah Gratz-Lazarus graciously shared the following poem, which she read aloud at theJewish-American Heritage Month assembly at her school:
I dream of a world where everyone is free, and there are no wars. Where everyone is safe, no one has any fears, and there are no weapons.
I dream of a world where there are lots of books, and nothing can stop people from learning. Where there are less rules and no arguing, where there are no such thing as disabilities.
I dream of a world where everyone is healthy and happy, and there is no such thing as sickness. Where everyone feels loved and respected, and can be who they are.
In a liberatory free world, people wouldn’t be exposed to anything dangerous. There would be no such thing as jails. When people make mistakes, they could fix the mistakes.
In a free world, no one would be homeless, there would be clean water, and an endless supply of food for anyone who needs it. There would be cures for every disease, and no such thing as droughts. Cars would be 100% electric. The environment would be really clean and healthy for everyone, and global warming would not be a problem. Animals would not be endangered any more.
Freedom feels like a place with no boundaries. You can accomplish anything that you want. Everyone is equal and no one is higher than someone else, or has more power. Freedom feels like a weight lifted off your shoulders.
I want to live in a world like this so it can be better for everyone.
Thank you, Norah!