There’s much in common for all of us to explore
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.
Laila Brady Walzer Woodstock Sufi Center Woodstock