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Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) 2013

In honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day which began in the evening of Sunday, April 7 and ends in the evening of Monday, April 8.....


Honoring Holy Days

Thank God I don't have to get it
To honor your celebrating it

Thank God I don't have to get you
To honor you

Our varied holy symbols, rituals, rites
A prayer mat, a cross, a Passover Feast

I can honor what is holy
To you

Will you honor what is holy
To me?

That is one colorful New Year
All mystery to me, your calendar of twelves
I bow, honoring Chinese

My friends who are Vietnamiese
Are mostly of Buddhist kindness
So I study of Tibet, foreign countries, borders
Read peace words of Nobel's Dalai Lama

Your Ramadan is coming up
Your holy year's 9th month
I do not understand it at all...but,
Bless your fasting, praying,
and good deeds

In lieu of holy war
I choose holy honor

In place of complete mental grasp
Of your history and tradition
I meet you, honoring, spirit to spirit
May good meet good
As we all fast, pray, and celebrate

And, let's not forget
Our Friends, the Quakers
They were so peaceful and quiet
I almost missed them!

p. 96-97 from Respectful Relating: the Gracious Path to Loving the People You Don't Understand by Dr. Jane N. Geiger

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