For many in our council district, throughout Los Angeles and around the world, this is a special time of year for heartfelt prayers and crucial ruminations – a time when families and communities gather in shared resolve, serious celebration and devout contemplation.
Whatever one’s religion, or whether or not one is religious, there is much to be gained by stepping back from the tumult, demands and pressures of daily life, so that we can focus on what is essential and consider how to live up to our foremost values.
Those of us who observe Passover recount the story of the Exodus, thus reliving a story of a struggle for freedom from slavery, bigotry and oppression. With so much change in the wind in today’s world, it’s hard not to be moved and inspired by the continued need and right of people to find such freedom.
In our local neighborhoods, time and again, we have a choice as to how to face the challenges of today. I hope that in so doing, all of us honor our core beliefs and each other and do our utmost to live ethical, peaceful, respectful and compassionate lives. Thank you, again, for your caring ways, as we work together to make this a better world.
As you celebrate Easter or Passover or simply spring, I wish all of you the best this holiday season.