A short list of heartwarming holiday stories from this year that will uplift your spirits and restore your faith in humanity. The world can feel like a dark place sometimes, and there may be moments where we feel hopeless about the state of the human condition because of it, but we can’t allow hopelessness to defeat us.
Remember the words of Anne Frank: “In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart. I simply can’t build up my hopes on a foundation consisting of confusion, misery, and death. I see the world gradually being turned into a wilderness, I hear the ever approaching thunder, which will destroy us too. I can feel the sufferings of millions and yet, if I look up into the heavens, I think that it will all come right, that this cruelty too will end, and that peace and tranquility will return again.”
Do not be disheartened, always maintain hope, and most importantly, remember that love conquers all.
‘No one eats alone’: Muslim-owned restaurant offers free Christmas meals for the homeless, elderly by Amy B. Wang (Washington Post)
The Hanukkah-Christmas convergence couldn’t be more symbolic of the light we must embrace by Petula Dvorak (Washington Post)
Slideshow: Christmas and Hanukkah Around the World by Wall Street Journal (Wall Street Journal)
A Syrian Jew’s message to Aleppo: Keep tradition and don’t lose hope by Ben Sales (Jewish Telegraphic Agency)
Christmas in Karachi: Who needs reindeer if you have camels? by Dawn News (Dawn News)
Christmas peace train inaugurated in Pakistan by WION (WION News)
Hebrew-Arabic Calligraphy From God’s Own Country by Paul Rockower (Huffington Post)
Why It’s Not Wrong To Wish Muslims Merry Christmas by Mustafa Akyol (New York Times)
Muslim choir girls sing Arabic Christmas carols in touching video from Beirut by Bethan McKernan (The Independent)
Iraqis Celebrate Christmas Near Mosul After ISIS Pushed Out by NBC News (NBC News)
King of Bahrain hosts menorah-lighting ceremony by Times of Israel Staff (Times of Israel)
Ma’oz Tzur and the “End of Christianity” by Yitzhak Y. Melamed (TheTorah.com)
To all those celebrating/observing Hannukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, or just another day of life, I send you much love and warmth. Have a joyous, festive, and blessed holiday season!