Jeff Smith 2:30 p.m., June 26
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On the First Day of Christmas
On the first day of Christmas, I heard about Jews and Muslims volunteering together in Detroit.
Mitzvah Day in Detroit is a 20-year tradition of Jews doing volunteer public service as Christian neighbors celebrate on Christmas Day. This year, about 40 Muslims were expected to join in events such as feeding the homeless and delivering toys to needy children.
Detroit members of the Council of Islamic Organizations of Michigan, the Jewish Community Relations Council and the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit said they were not aware of any other volunteer alliance in Michigan or elsewhere.
From my point of view, there really isn't anything that can't be accomplished if the three faiths that claim God of Abraham is great can get along and do something that is in harmony with the will of God.
It is a good thing for all in Detroit that America is not a theocracy. Can any of us imagine what kind of reaction there would have been if Christians, Muslims, and Jews got together for any public purpose under, say, the Spanish Inquisition?
More like this:
- "Jesus is the ONLY reason for the season" Billboard — Dec. 11, 2009
- Union for Reform Judaism Biennial Convention — Dec. 27, 2007
- Does Christmas Offend You? — Dec. 20, 2007
- Biennial Convention of the Union for Reform Judaism — Dec. 20, 2007
- Christmas Without Jesus — Dec. 13, 2001