Image: My neighbor’s house is amazing. (Photo by Adar.)
My neighbor’s house is amazing, like a branch office of Disneyland.
My house has a menorah in the window. One of our poodles is mesmerized by the menorah; we don’t know why.
Many Jews are gathered for a family party, because this is the day that most of us have time off.
Some Jews are gathered with Christian relatives.
Some Jews are going to the movies, and out for Asian food.
Some Jews are feeling awkward about all the “Merry Christmas” greetings, and some are not.
Some Jews have really been enjoying all the wild lights in their neighborhood (that’s me.)
Some Jews are glad they don’t have to clean up the mess afterwards (again, me!)
Some Jews are working, having traded the day with Christian co-workers; they’ll be off for synagogue next Rosh HaShanah.
Some Jews hope the rabbi doesn’t stop by and see their Christmas tree.
Some Jews are feeling really conflicted about all of it.
Some Jews and many others are working today: cops, firefighters, EMTs, doctors, nurses, people at the power company, people working transit, clerks at the 7-11. (Thank you!)
Some Jews are feeling left out.
Some Jews are ladling food at soup kitchens.
Most Jews and their neighbors wish for Peace on Earth, today and every day.
Because there is too much hunger, too much poverty, too much war, too much disease, too much pain, too much sorrow, too much tsuris in the world.
May the new secular year be a year in which we can find a way to work together against war, poverty, hunger, and pain.
May be new secular year be a year in which we have the courage to see new ways of listening and talking, walking and running.
May we have courage. May we have heart. May we have strength.
May we remember this feeling of being the Other the next time we are tempted to Other another.
(Adapted from a previous post, in a different year. Time flies, and things change.)