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BAS Rabbi's Message

Rabbi's Message Archive

November, 2014

I don't typically reprint past articles, but I think that the words I wrote prior to the 2012 Presidential Election are worth repeating--with the following addendum: As American Jews, we are tremendously blessed to be able participate in civic life. No matter what your persuasion, go vote!

This year, as we prepare for the High Holiday season, we find ourselves in the middle of a rancorous election that is becoming increasingly typical for the American political process. Ad hominem attacks are the order of the day, making it easy to become disenchanted with our elected leaders.

There was a time when American Jews spoke of the three velts (Yiddish for worlds): diese velt (this world) yene velt (the world to come) and Roosevelt. Those days, it seems, are long: American Jews are more politically diverse than in the past and no longer speak with one voice. Even on the topic of Israel, where there once was exacting unanimity, today American Jews are divided on the settlements in the West Bank and how, exactly, the peace process should play out. It is often more painful to note our own internal divisions—as a faith, a culture, and a people, we share so much. How could we disagree on such fundamental issues? Our anger, it seems, can be more easily fueled internally because we cannot understand how someone who shares so much can be so different. And so, verbal assaults are slung, towards Obamas and Adelsons, as we try to make sense of those things that divide us.

This year, as the elections approach, we should be reminded of our tradition's value of proper speech—we should be more reticent about condemning our fellow's beliefs and more, we should prevent ourselves, when possible, from hearing such speech. Rabbi Elezar famously asked in the Talmud, “Why do a person's fingers resemble plugs? In order to suggest that when a person hears something unseemly, he should plug his ears.” This does not mean that we should ignore issues or truths about personalities, but it does mean that we should assume the best in people--even those with whom we disagree. Ultimately, we all want what is best for our country--and as Jews, what is best for our people. Though we may have different, strongly held opinions about the right path, we should not lose sight of what unites us.

The issues facing our country this season are of great importance; I hope the civility of our discussions represents the best values of our Jewish tradition. May our discussions be lively and vigorous, but may they also be blessed with shalom—with peace.

Best Wishes,
Rabbi Stein