Again and again, we hear that our youth is inclined to the easy life and reluctant to all efforts; they only focus on material things and rebuke any spirituality.
We beg to differ!
On September 5th, we had a unique experience at the Dr. Ghoulem Berrah Foundation, where we gathered a group of teenagers from the Jewish, Islamic, and Christian faiths for a luncheon.
For Lea, a young girl of the Jewish faith, Yom Kippur is her favorite holiday because, during the 24 hours of Fasting, she focuses on her faith, reflects on the past year, and acknowledges all the bad she has done. She repents and envisions how she can be a better person for the following year.
Young Muslims, Kamilat, Ammar, and Abban agreed that Eid Al Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan, was their favorite holiday because they were able to perform thirty days of Fasting. While experiencing hunger and thirst, they relate to people who lack food and do not know when they will have their next meal. Ramadan is also a time of reflection on their faith and renewal by reading the Holy Qur’an.
As for Luna and Emmanuel, young Christians, the forty days of Lent is their favorite time because they have to give up something and make some sacrifices, culminating in the Holy Week and Good Friday’s Fasting before finally reaching Easter. At the same time, Daniel is opposed to the commercialization of Christmas and prefers to focus solely on Jesus’ birth.
They all enjoy the spiritual experience their faith provides, and material things are not the uppermost in their lives as we think.
However, our youth is ready to make the world a better place. They need guidance. We must teach them the right path, and they will find the way.