The most important message this holiday season is perhaps one that often gets over looked in the wake of consumerism and greed.
Scrolling through the many family Hanukkah pictures on social media I can’t help but notice that in the background of most of my friends requisite first night of Hanukkah pictures is a Christmas tree. Our tree is not in my posted picture, but is there too, just out of the camera shot. Standing as pillars of our inalienable rights, and our pursuit of happiness, the juxtaposition of the menorah and the Christmas tree is so ironically beautiful and so very American. I am reminded that the world we live in is increasingly blended. Many of us today are married to people of different religions, different colors and different cultural backgrounds. Today a mixed marriage is much more common place than it was in previous generations.
How so much racism, anti-Semitism and other hate prejudices can still be so rampant in our modern society is mind-boggling to me.
If you teach your children one thing this year, teach them not to hate. Teach them to be accepting of all people regardless of their religion, color, cultural background or sexual orientation. Teach them not to judge or to make sweeping generalizations. Teach them to embrace love, because “hate is too great a burden to bear.” (MLK)
Actually, on second thought, maybe we should let our children teach us.
Happy Hanukkah, until next Sunday my friends, be well!