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Falling Into Community

Trust fall

This article originally appeared on the Canteen Blog at My Jewish Learning on December 3, 2015

Standing in a tight circle in the woods of Northern California, a dozen eleven-year-old boys brace their bodies to catch their companion. With eyes closed, body clenched, and arms crossed over his chest, the boy in the middle of the circle calls out to his summer camp bunkmates: “Spotters ready??”

His bunkmates raise their hands to shoulder height, preparing themselves to hold his weight, and respond: “Ready!!”

Exhaling as he entrusts his body to his brothers, the boy in the middle calls out: “Ready to fall!!”

Confident in their ability to support their friend, the others give him permission to let go: “Fall on!!”


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