These words from our Talmud remind us of the importance of a community’s investment in leadership: “Rabbi Yitzhak taught that ‘A ruler is not to be appointed unless the community is first consulted.’” (BT Berachot 55a). On Tuesday, we will have the opportunity to express our opinions as America’s immediate future is decided. Voting is a fundamental right of citizenship—and an act firmly at the core of Jewish civic responsibility.
As we fill out mail-in ballots—or go to the polls, as I will do in person on Tuesday—we have the right and responsibility to vote for our deepest held values. As Americans, we are guided by respect for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. As Jews, the instructions to welcome the stranger, honor God’s Creation and safeguard the autonomy of each sacred human being, must guide all of our choices.
Without a doubt, this election is one of the most important in American history. Much is at stake. We must make our voices—and our values—heard. VOTE VOTE VOTE! It is the responsibility of each one of us who has the right to vote, to cast a precious vote for the future of our nation.
Following election day, we will have the opportunity to discuss some of the election results with State Senator Scott Wiener. Please join me and the senator for a discussion on Wednesday, November 4. Details are below. Registration for this program is required. I look forward to celebrating our future with you next Wednesday.
Rabbi Jessica Zimmerman Graf