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We can persevere!

“No winter lasts forever. No spring skips its turn.” Those words of Hal Borland came to mind not so much about the season but about the COVID-19 pandemic. I’m not suggesting the end of the pandemic or of social distancing is at hand. Rather, I mention the words of that beloved poem because they speakofContinue reading “We can persevere!”

Ramadan faces challenges this year due to social distancing

Ramadan, which this year began last Friday, April 24, is an especially important month in the Islamic calendar because it is believed to be the month when the first verses of the Koran were revealed to the prophet Muhammad, thus bestowing the revelations of God on humanity. Observant Muslims, numbering more than a billion throughoutContinue reading “Ramadan faces challenges this year due to social distancing”

Lessons from Hanukkah

I’m spiritually indebted to Jewish traditions, such as Hanukkah. This year, Hanukkah begins at sunset next Sunday, Dec. 22, and runs until Dec. 30. The word “Hanukkah” comes from the Hebrew verb meaning “to dedicate” and generally is translated as an eight-day festival of lights. Specifically, it refers to the dedication of the Temple inContinue reading “Lessons from Hanukkah”

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