Rabbi Ron Symons on November 9, 2016
On Sunday, I blogged how I voted. This morning, as we wake up to a peaceful transfer of power and a celebration of our democracy, I want to share my hope.
Every single one of us has to be a role model for the other. I am still committed to the confluence of Jewish and American values I wrote about on Sunday:
We are commanded to strive to build a sacred community understanding that we might not finish the work and that God dwells between us when we speak sacred words. All of us across the religious and racial spectrum (as we have come to better understand than did our founding fathers) are created in the image of God in order to build a more perfect Union without any one religion becoming the established religion of our country.
I hope that all of us, elected and appointed official along with every citizen no matter his/her status, embraces this responsibility. Please, live the responsibility at home and at work, on the street and in community gatherings, on-line and in person. Especially when you think that others are not living out these responsibilities, recommit yourself to them and be the role model for every one else you might have hoped that our leaders should be.
May God bless the United States of America because of the way that conduct ourselves.