Dear Friends,

Whether we are pleased or disappointed with the election results, we all have reason to feel proud that we are Americans. I am proud that I live in a country where every person’s vote counts, and where nobody’s vote means more than another’s. I am proud that we elect our government in a peaceful way, without violence or civil war. And I am proud that our country stands for liberty, equality and the other worthy ideals in which we believe.

But as we move forward I am concerned about a spirit of intolerance that is felt by many as I believe that we are a country founded upon the ideal of the strong caring for the weak, and the concept of unity rather than division. That means that each of us must act and cling to the hope that we can make our country better, and that America can continue to be a “shining light” unto the peoples of our world. 

At a time like this I am reminded of the teaching of the sage who declared that “all of life is as the crossing of a narrow bridge, and the most important thing is not to be afraid.” Yes, the “bridge” represents the journey that is ahead of us that will surely be filled with changes. But let us move forward with open minds, even as we stay true to the values and ideals in which we believe. 

   

Shabbat shalom,   

         Rabbi David Greenberg