A hush of peace, a rush of joy, December brings a bundle of contradictions.
An explosion of chocolate, cookies and cakes crowd kitchen counters. Shoppers shimmy past one another in malls, snatching toys of technology, which promise happiness.
Yet, a sense of the profane also presides over the season. Candles are lit. Songs of praise to the Creator spill from homes, synagogues and churches.
I’m comfortable with the holiday paradox. In my hometown of Tokyo...