ParentMap Magazine

December 2017

Reading our feature this month made me ponder — once again — where I stand on this and other religious questions. While I’m deeply fascinated by my family’s Jewish origins and our history filled with the tragedy of pogroms and the Holocaust, I also adore the endless joy of celebrating holidays in all their myriad forms, and not just the religious ones.

Finding that meaning, however you do, is what matters most. From generation to generation, we must teach our children not just how but why it’s so important to treat others with respect, understanding and love. We must show them why it’s meaningful to treat others as you yourself would want to be treated. This doesn’t require a belief in God. It does require a belief in humanity.

With that, I wish you a holiday season filled with goodness, kindness and compassion.