Rabbi Michael Friedland
This is a time for looking inward in order to focus outward. Perhaps we have become so comfortable with the concept of identifying America as a place where democracy is safe, where rule of law is the norm, and where persecution of minorities for being in the minority is a process that is receding into the past, that we have forgotten just how precious these values are and how vigilant we must be to protect them.
We must vow:
not to give in to hatred of the other. When we hear negative comments about Muslims or Latinos or African Americans or Jews or LGBTQ or women or any other minority that has been vilified by the future administration, we cannot be silent. We must also make efforts to engage these communities and create personal relationships with each other.
to strive to assure that voting in this country is made safe and accessible
to support immigrants to the country especially those who are not white, make sure to protect them against any verbal or physical attacks and not to forget about the numerous undocumented workers in this country who will now be more vulnerable than ever
to do whatever we can to protect the environment and our planet by demonstrating actively against the status quo on climate change
to support a free and unfettered press by subscribing to newspapers that do real investigative journalism
And finally to put our faith in God that kindness and compassion and goodness will eventually be drawn out. Never have the words of the Psalmist wrung more true for me: " Put not your trust in princes, nor in mortal man who cannot save". (Psalm 146)
Might be time to also put our trust in women!