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Ready or not, the holidays are upon us. Celebrations are
wonderful but can also be a time of great stress. After a
long tumultuous election, this might be one of the most
stressful holiday time yet. Many of us will have to dig
deep to find the joy and peace that this season brings.
However, I believe this is a great opportunity to make a
difference in our family, our community and our country.
This is an opportunity for us to reject the divisiveness
and fear we read in the headlines. Change only comes when
we stand up and make a difference. The holidays offer us a
chance to share our traditions with others and make an
effort to learn about the hopes, dreams and culture of our
neighbors. New York City institutions and cultural centers
give us the best opportunity to celebrate and learn about
Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Diwali, Ramadan and the many
other holidays we share with our neighbors. We can start to
build bridges of understanding and empathy rather than fear
and separation. Let this holiday season bring new peace and
joy to our homes.