There's no mystery in understanding why Jews, and perhaps most peoples, celebrate a holiday of light at the time of the winter solstice.
We must not sacrifice people at the "altar of money" - the pope calls on us to amend our ways so we can meet the challenges of climate change, poverty, war, and division.
There is much our progressive movement can learn from the Jewish New Year.
Pope Francis has brought a voice into the discussion around climate change that is merging the voices of science, religion, and politics.
This fight in which we are engaged - to defeat the forces of greed -- must be won with power from average people leveraged by moral authority.
"It appalls me that our legislators used my tax dollars to create, lobby for, and now defend a law that opens the door for discrimination against gays and lesbians."
"The poor you have with you always." Jesus is said to have spoken these words, but he certainly didn't mean that his followers should aim to keep it that way.
Solstice? revolution? religious miracle? military might? Like most things, this holiday can be viewed from multiple perspectives.
What happened with Southern Baptists and like-minded fundamentalists has occurred on a larger scale with American politics.
Living a life so saturated with apocalypses undoubtedly takes a toll, so let's lift the lid off the A-word, take a peek inside, and examine how it affects everyday life.