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BAS Rabbi's Message

November, 2012

Across the United States, devoted public school teachers look towards the beginning of each new month as cause for ritual. Bulletin boards are packed away and and new ones put up: Orange in October, Pink in February, Green in March. As an American Jew, I payed passing attention to these displays; my personal feelings about these holidays was ambivalence: I had no great desire to partake, but felt no ill will towards my classmates passing out valentines or wearing “Kiss Me, I’m Irish” t-shirts on St. Patrick’s Day. My feelings towards the November holidays, though, was different. The rituals of American Civic life this month have deep meaning for America’s Jews.

This year, November begins with Election Day. Since our nations founding, Jews have had the right to vote for representative government. Though to us, that might seem normative, the extension of that fundamental right to our people was unique in the history of the world. In Europe, the status of Jewish rights remained contentious until the Holocaust. In America, though, while Jews endured anti-Semitism, their right to participate in civil life was never questioned. As George Washington famously wrote, “The Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection, should demean themselves as good citizens.” Believing in that promise, Jews fought for their rights. Uriah P. Levy, the first Jewish Commodore of the Navy, was court martialed six times as he advanced in rank--his abilities and leadership outshone the bias he faced. Jewish women, too, fought for continued rights for Jews and women in our country. To cite just one example, Mary Belle Grossman of Cleveland, in 1918, became just the second woman in this country admitted to the bar. She was a link in a long chain of women fighting for the right of women to vote--a right that women have had for less than a century in this country--and in 1923 became a municipal judge. When I cast my ballot, I do so as an act of solidarity with those Jews who came before me, who fought to insure my rights. I see it as a fulfillment of a kind of sacred duty.

American Jews were always grateful for the freedoms granted to us in our new home. Perhaps for that reason, Jews served with great distinction in all of America’s wars. November marks Veterans day, an appropriate time to thank those who have dedicated their lives to the values of our country. In our own community at Bnai Abraham, many have served in times of peace and war. On behalf of our community, I express my thanks.

Expressing thanks, of course, is the most famous theme of November, and for Jews, Thanksgiving is perhaps the most widely observed American holiday. We see ourselves as a kind of new pilgrim--a group of people who came to this country seeking religious freedom and found in it a hospitable home. Through hard work and dedication, we were able to survive our long winter to become a flourishing people. The narrative resonates with our Biblical tradition and with the holiday of sukkot which we just celebrated. As Americans, and as Jews, we have much for which we can be thankful.

Best wishes for a month of gratitude, meaning, and joy,
Rabbi Daniel Stein