There’s much in com­mon for all of us to ex­plore

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - OPINION -

Dear Editor, I was touched by Su­san Estrich’s col­umn, “The New Year,” of Oct. 3, 2016, about the Jewish New Year and the up­com­ing Day of Atone­ment, when one can feel the pas­sage of time, the loss of loved ones and the pre­cious­ness of life.

This year Muslims cel­e­brate the New Year on about the same day as Jews. This is a rare oc­cur­rence since Muslims fol­low a straight lu­nar cal­en­dar, and Jews, an ad­justed lu­nar/so­lar cal­en­dar. Muslims also cel­e­brate Yom Kip­pur — called Ashura in Is­lam — thank­ing God for the re­lease of Moses and the Jews from Is­rael. We also fast on that day to atone for our sins (lit­er­ally, “miss­ing the mark,” in Ara­bic) of the pre­vi­ous year.

There’s no harm and great good in be­ing grate­ful to God for all our bless­ings, who­ever we are, and humbly ex­am­in­ing our­selves in hum­ble self­im­prove­ment. In­deed, these themes are com­mon among the wis­dom teach­ings.

May the Lord bless and keep all of us.

In peace,

Laila Brady Walzer Wood­stock Sufi Cen­ter Wood­stock

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