Both Muslims and Jews will be observing Yom Kippur and Ashura on the evening of September 29, 2017-- repenting, fasting, praying and doing thoughtful acts of charity through good deeds. A timely alignment that has the power to transform the challenging and strong emotions many are experiencing due to current events.
The fifth night of Chanukah was Human Rights Day. And it was a night of #VigilantLove – an event at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center in Los Angeles organized by a large coalition lead by Asians and Muslims. Originally intended as an intercultural event to commemorate the internment of Japanese-Americans and to affirm the dignity of the Syrian refugees, over several weeks the nature of the gathering changed. After San Bernardino, Vigilant Love also became a memorial for the 14 people murdered 60 miles away.