Summer 2015 was a historic and momentous summer: we applauded when the Supreme Court affirmed key tenets of the Affordable Care Act in King v. Burwell; we welcomed the much overdue new LGBT inclusion bill when it was introduced in Congress; and we were called to action by the Pope’s encyclical as an interfaith rallying cry to combat climate change.
And let us not forget when we lifted up our voices and our timbrels together in song and dance, just as our ancestors did when they reached the shore of the Red Sea (Exodus 15) when we learned of the Obergefell v. Hodges ruling establishing marriage equality as the law of the land.
But Summer 2015 has also been incredibly sad. To quote from an email I received from Kirstin Moore, Director of Partnerships at Everytown for Gun Safety: “this has been a long, hot and cruel summer of gun violence in America. Americans have been gunned down in movie theaters, military recruitment centers, places of worship, homes, street corners and now on live TV.”
Just as we rejoiced this summer, we also know “that wherever we go, it is eternally Egypt; that there is a better place, a promised land;” (Michael Walzer, Mishkan T’filah, p. 157,adapted from Exodus and Revolution by Michael Walzer) Read more…