"There are no strangers here, only friends you have yet to meet." -- Merry Christmas from Wisconsin.
My family and I were given three tickets to the Broadway production of The Lion King. Tuesday, 7 p.m. Only the tickets weren't there when we got there. The theater was sold out.
For the Great Silent Disapproving Saints, be thankful you are invited anywhere... and keep your little lips collectively shut.
On Christmas morning, millions of children woke up early to see what was under the Christmas tree (no doubt, merchandise from a certain movie set "a long time ago" was well-represented). But millions more woke up to a very different reality filled with fear, instability and misery in parts of the world where conflict, civil war, and massive refugee displacements rage. And that's to say nothing of the xenophobia, scapegoating and ugliness that have taken hold of our political culture here at home. No matter what tradition we come from, as we enjoy the last moments of the holiday season with our loved ones, let's remember those around the world for whom Peace on Earth isn't just a holiday greeting, but a dream that is tragically out of reach.
As we approach the holiday season again, I am reminded of my Christmas in Syria, standing aside people of many faiths in the city square around a single tree. But, to be honest, my Christmas in Damascus was more than just that the one day of dazzling lights and holiday cheer.
Christmas means a lot of presents. And a lot of love.
Maybe the holidays have always been your favorite time of year, but now you just can't get in the mood. There is a detachment from the holiday cheer -- it's not in sync with how we feel. The disconnect between the joyous time of year and the sad feelings inside leave can leave us feeling that this holiday isn't how it is "supposed to be."
Peace on earth, goodwill towards men (women and children), except if they're migrants, refugees, or asylum seekers, who the media worldwide have, for the most part, failed to cover accurately, fairly, in a balanced way, and ethically.
We should not allow the Christmas story to be stripped of its humanity or cleansed of its muck and grime. Its power is in its reality that should serve to focus our attention on our responsibility to see in the birth of Jesus: the faces of the outcasts for whom there is no room in the inn; the wretched of the earth for whom there is no comfort; and the frightened exiles who seek only safety and refuge. It is only when we do not avert our glance from these reminders that we can understand the story and spirit of Christmas.
The quiet of these spaces of learning eerily echoes the custom of Nittel Nacht, a name given to Christmas Eve by medieval Talmudists in German-speaking lands, and for centuries in Europe a time when Jews uncharacteristically refrained from Torah-learning.
It's the most wonderful time of the year -- for a news quiz. This week, our Week to Week news quiz takes a news-focused look at Christmastime.
As a Muslim American, I share the joy and celebration of my Christian friends and neighbors. And this interfaith harmony between the world's two largest faiths is not a new phenomenon. It was exemplified by the founder of Islam himself.
At the age of 83, James Fucile retired just recently. He had been repairing shoes for 60 years at the corner of Lexington Ave., and East 82nd St. He retired with great reluctance.
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In Jesus's time, there were no borders, or border patrols. If you were in danger, then you would just tie your belongings to your donkey, and you would leave. And wherever you went, no one would think of turning you away or hurting you, simply because you were from somewhere else.
As I've thought about our changemaking - and how we go about this work of helping each other and building a better world - I'm again reminded that our best work, our highest purpose and our most lasting change don't come from ferreting out and fixing what is wrong with each other.