Posted by KidSpirit Online on November 26, 2019

By Sofia Mesh for KidSpirit's Society and the Individual Issue.

My first day of Hebrew school was very eventful, to say the least.

I begged my father not to take me because I had heard horror stories from my sister, who had been in Hebrew school for two years already. She told me about the packets and packets of Hebrew writing and reading I would have to do. More work, I thought; third grade was already stressful enough! My dad dragged me into school/temple by the wrist while tears streamed down my face. I thought the tears might persuade him to take me home, but to no avail. We went to the sixth floor, down a long hall, and into room three. The tantrum I threw beforehand meant I got to Hebrew school 45 minutes late and missed all the packet work, but I was in time for the hour-long Judaic Studies session with my teacher, Sara.

Although at the time I didn't look forward to going to Hebrew school, . . .

Posted by KidSpirit Online on November 8, 2019

By Abdullah Sayed for KidSpirit's Education issue.

Though I live in the middle of the multicultural metropolis of the world, Queens, I find it hard to imagine that any of my non-Muslim friends are truly familiar with the faith to which I attribute so much of my personal development.

I do not blame any of them, though. How can I? In the 21st century, Islamic radicalism is the bogeyman that captivates the public’s imagination. As such, it seems every mention of Islam in the public space that is not Islamophobic is instead about how Islam is a religion of peace. Well-intentioned though they may be, everyone is so concerned about disassociating Islam from violence that no one actually knows what Islam is about. Americans should not just identify Islam as a religion of peace, but also as a doctrine of humility and discipline.

Five times a day, hundreds of millions of Muslims around the world

Posted by KidSpirit Online on October 22, 2019

By Lucy Liversidge for KidSpirit's Reality and Perception Issue.

Suddenly, it is Sunday night. Forty-eight hours of respite dwindle to a few more minutes. Deep breath in through my mouth. Hold it. And out through my nose. Once more.

The smell of burning sage, carried in wisps about the room . . .

Posted by KidSpirit Online on October 4, 2019

By Samantha Singh for KidSpirit's Society and the Individual Issue.

Peace. It’s an unusual word in this bizzare time. Some say it means that war is not present, but this word has more depth than just that meager definition.

It's true that without war we can gain peace, but war is inevitable unless we take steps to prevent it.

Posted by KidSpirit Online on September 26, 2019

By Hannah Schuett for KidSpirit's Reality and Perception Issue.

In my culturally diverse family, I am exposed to many different customs in my day-to-day life, which has made me appreciate diverse cultures and traditions.

Whenever I am at my father’s house, we celebrate Jewish holidays . . .

Posted by KidSpirit Online on September 6, 2019

By Will Hodgkinson for KidSpirit's Heritage Issue.

A shimmering pool of knowledge;
Scintillating wisdom —
foraged from 85 fecund years

From pasting together the fragile balsa strips

Posted by KidSpirit Online on August 15, 2019

By Satya Shaw for Kidspirit's Fear and Anxiety Issue.

I’m an 11-year-old boy growing up in Brooklyn, New York, and although my mom and dad have given me many ways to handle fear and anxiety, I’ve naturally come up with some of my own.

My mom is a progressive Hindu and a women’s rights activist. She helps women and girls in Afghanistan go from harsh environments to ones where they can thrive. It is important to her that I know about my Indian heritage, and she teaches me a lot about Hinduism.

What I have learned from my mom is . . .

Posted by KidSpirit Online on August 1, 2019

by Ateya Stepanovich for Kidspirit's Society and the Individual Issue.

It is a story as old as the world, or maybe even older. A battle from times we don’t even remember, a battle between gods that turned into a war between their pilgrims.

The center of almost every war and every battle are love and hatred, the most powerful feelings. There is one more element that causes war: religion! The conflict is always the same: who is the only God? We try to impose one religion everywhere.

Everyone decides alone what to believe in and which path to travel.

Posted by KidSpirit Online on July 16, 2019

by Celie Johnson for Kidspirit's Numbers & Symbols Issue.

The world is irrelevant. All focus is on one thing: the present; every aspect and every physical thing, feeling, or emotion that creates every second, of every hour, of every day.

In this particular moment, I am on my boat Totoro, named after my favorite childhood movie. The name brings back memories of the dozens of times my sisters and I watched the animated film, cuddled in knit afghans, embraced in yawns created by being up past 10 pm.

Totoro is the embodiment of my childhood; . . .

Posted by KidSpirit Online on July 4, 2019

By Maya and Sofia Mesh for KidSpirit's Human Dignity issue.

No matter where I go
There have always been people with teachings,
Insisting that they know
The true struggle behind their preachings.

What a shame it all is . . .

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Young people are brimming with vision and prophetic wisdom. This blog features 11- to 17-year-olds in deep and often surprising explorations of spiritual life. Their original writing and artwork was first published in KidSpirit, the sole spiritual magazine by and for global youth. Their words call us to approach eternal questions with wonder. More