Sir Ian McKellen and George Takei have already voiced support for the incredible project.
Don't turn away from the sunshine, from the opportunities and possibilities that are in front of you. Don't let change scare you. Don't let your comfort zone, your safety net, your secure spot, keep you from greatness. Let go of the familiar and embrace the freedom of change.
The spring holidays are such a time of preparation. Though Passover is still several weeks away, many Jews are cleaning their houses of the forbidden chametz--grains and leavened breads considered unkosher for the duration of the holiday.
Ever since I got into travel writing, I've been told to read the works of Joseph Conrad, Jack Kerouac, Edward Abbey, Bruce Chatwin, Paul Theroux, William Dalrymple, Bill Bryson, and other white men. While I learned a lot from their stories, I was also repeatedly left with questions about misogyny and racial insensitivity.
Be understanding and compassionate -- your people are in pain and they will criticize you, question you, berate you, and perhaps even revile you. Forgive them. Love them and care for them - they need good care and feeding on their arduous journey.
Being a change leader is a tall order. People love the soaring rhetoric with which he outlines his vision of a better life. We trust that he has the right stuff to do the job. We want to believe that he'll deliver on his promises. And above all, we want him to be all things to all people.