i.e. I chose X school over Y school, I decided to quite crew and joined a sorority, I put X as my first choice, I looked around the room at our first meeting and there was only one seat left, I sat next to my soon to be best friend. We hit it off!!
If one of those coincidences were eliminated (or 2) would you have met your Best Friend? (chose a different school - never would have met) the Choices we make, sometimes even the insignificant ones can change our entire future.
The facilitator reviews with group one story from 9/11 ... one small choice (take a different train) stay in bed even thought late for work, might save your life. (Maybe go more general if you are worried that one of the teens lost someone in 9/11)
The facilitator may mark up responses on the board, dividing according to category of response: Paralysis – Determinism - Human Agency
Frontal conclusion from the facilitator, leaving room for responses.
In Jewish tradition we can see two noble responses to the fragility of life.
Sukkot and Purim.
Sukkot celebrates the fragility. Sukkot insists we be happy at the symbolic beautification of life's fragility. It reminds us to never put too much faith in permanance or structure. It asks us to be ok with the unkown - even if that is scary or frigtening!
Purim on the other hand requires Power. Esther could not wait to see what fate had it store for her or her people, she had to step up and put her own life on the line to save countless others.
Sometimes, Jewish memory teaches us, the way to maintain life in the face of fragility and threat, is to take - and use - power.
Reflect on what you have seen so far.... What have we seen that reflects the fragility of life? How do Israelis cope with that fragility? In what ways have Israelis/the state of Israel decided to use Power to protect the fragility that they live with? How has that been successful? how has it been disadvantageous?