End the silence

End the silence

The holiest day of the year for the Jewish people is Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. I respect the beliefs of others, but it is my strong belief that every soul on earth should have a Day of Atonement, a time of repentance, of wonder, and of evaluating their own behavior. To those who I have offended, I ask forgiveness.

I strive to be worthy of all that God has in store for me in the year ahead. And I commit myself wholeheartedly to my mission. A mission where others are changed in some way, situations are made better, and forms of injustices are corrected — because of me.

We all have a mission. The most integral part of my mission is to end the silence.

In the year ahead, may the silence end regarding our world’s tragedies. May hunger, homelessness, and disease be unsilenced until remedies for all are found. May the silence that surrounds domestic violence be resounded. May I assist in being the voice of the children who have been the true victims of parental alienation, when one parent turns a child against another parent (usually in high-conflict divorce). Children need both parents and should never be used as pawns.

I pray that I will be heard.

Julie Levine
West Orange

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