Each morning, I remind myself, as if in answer to a young child, there have always been, and still are, mean-spirited people. We must coexist with them, even though we do not share their beliefs or condone their actions, with the reassurance our own convictions will protect us from their influence.
Those who don’t celebrate Rosh Hashanah, can, and must, still have hope. In the forthcoming year, I will strive to let my better self govern my interactions with those who challenge, provoke and antagonize. I will disagree, when necessary, and agree, when appropriate.
Each day will be a new opportunity to promote goodwill and peace.