Yesterday, the Congressional Budget Office revealed that 23 million people would lose coverage under the new version of Trumpcare. In Montana, when a reporter asked a Republican candidate for Congress for his comment on that topic, he was physically assaulted. This follows a month where it feels like our basic democratic institutions are under attack every day. How do we respond?
Next week is Shavuot, the holiday that marks when, according to tradition, the Jewish people received the Torah and accepted the commitments and responsibilities to build a just and righteous society. Next week also happens to be when Congress goes home for recess. This convergence is important for us as Jews living in a time when extremist forces seek to transform American society from one that aspires to achieve justice and equality for all, to an authoritarian, white nationalist state, that protects the powerful and has no obligations whatsoever to the elderly, sick and the vulnerable.
Whether or not you eat cheesecake and stay up all night on Shavuot1, I hope you’ll join fellow Jews across America to raise your voice during the May Congressional recess to reject Trump, Republicans in Congress, and their inhumane policies and agenda.