One of the things I love most about the holidays is the way it brings people together. People from different parts of the world, people who speak other languages, people who may not know each other well but come together in the spirit of celebration.
My dear friends Dave and Suzanne hosted a brunch to celebrate Chanukah yesterday. It was an honor for me to be part of their celebration and learn more about their Jewish traditions. They and some of their friends did a beautiful job of explaining the history behind the celebration and the significance of the lights of the menorah, which to me reinforces all the things that faith represents.
As I chatted with some of the friends there, we talked about the differences between the “religions” of the world. One woman used a phrase that really rang true with me — that we all can be honorary Members of the Tribe. So even though you may not be of the same “faith” or “religion,” you can still be an honorary member through love, respect and honor for the people and their traditions. Oh what an impact that could be in the world today! Instead of blowing people up in the name of religion, you could extend the hand of friendship and peace and invite a stranger to be an honorary Member of Your Tribe.
So thank you Dave and Suzanne, for inviting me to be an honorary Member of Your Tribe. It was an honor to have a seat at the table and to be among friends to celebrate all that is good and magical and special for this holiday season. Shalom!