Religious head coverings such as a hijab or yarmulke are worn out of love and devotion. In some countries, religious laws require women to wear hijabs and it shouldn’t be like that. It should be an option and would have more meaning if free will was the case.
In Iran, a twenty-two-year-old woman was beaten for shedding her hijab and later died. That is a horrible tragedy and now the women of Iran are protesting. I support those women who are standing up for themselves there.
Right now it’s hard to be a woman because religious zealots desire to control their lives. They also face abuse and violence. Women deserve better, they deserve respect, and they deserve freedom to choose in a myriad of ways.
Let freedom ring for our mothers, sisters, wives, cousins, friends, and others. It’s the 21st century after all or so we thought.
Light and water are two things that make life possible. They are also things that can cleanse our hearts and souls. Water can flood and end life. Too much light can blind and burn. It’s amazing how a candle can interrupt the darkness. Water can quench a thirst. We need light to bring forth the truth.
It’s water that can generate power to create artificial light. In my faith life is brought into existence by the light of the sun and the waters of Earth as spoken into existence by God. They are connected and essential to every living thing across the universe. May we be guardians of the light and stewards of the waters.
Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, is a Jewish festival commemorating the recovery of Jerusalem and subsequent rededication of the Second Temple at the beginning of the Maccabean revolt against the Seleucid Empire in the 2nd century BCE.
To all my friends who are celebrating may this be a time of light and love and family. Grace and peace.
I’m not sure the human psyche developed to hold, feel and respond to everything coming at them right now; every tragedy, injustice, sorrow and natural disaster happening to every human across the entire planet, in real time every minute of every day. The human heart and spirit were developed to be able to hold, feel and respond to any tragedy, injustice, sorrow or natural disaster that was happening IN OUR VILLAGE