“A ruler is not to be appointed unless the community is first consulted”
-Babylonian Talmud Berachot 55a
The work we do from now until November 3 is crucial to what happens that day and in the weeks that follow. The text studies, divrei Torah, action steps, webinar recordings, and links to partner organizations below are intended to help rabbis, cantors, and the wider Jewish community learn and take action to protect voting rights and the integrity of the democratic process.
What clergy and congregations can do:
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- “Silence is akin to complicity”
- “This is what “Never Again” looks like”
- “Resisting tyrants since Pharaoh”
- Jewish Texts On Fair Voting and Just Elections
- NEW: Jewish Texts on Majority Rule
- Prayers for our country
- Updated text study on policing
- Security: T’ruah produced this source packet as part of the Yovel project in 2017. The question of security–what it means to be secure or to feel secure (two different things), and how we achieve that–is quite alive in the 2020 election, as candidates debate law and order, pandemic response, and economics. The texts gathered here offer a deep dive into security as an emotional and spiritual state for an individual and a society. To adapt these texts to the American context, disregard part one of the packet, which focuses narrowly on Yovel (Jubilee) as an agricultural issue in the land of Israel. Begin with part two, most of which (with the exception of the Zionist thinkers in sections E and F) is highly pertinent, as is part three.
Chaverim only. Please email email@example.com for the recording.
- Masha Gessen briefing on autocracy
- Chris Crawford and Emily Rodriguez on “What chaverim can do to protect this election”
- Read and subscribe to Torah 20/20, our weekly series on Torah and democracy
- “Arts of Losing: Joseph and His Brothers, Religious Nationalism, and Democracy” by Joy Ladin
- “Looking Backward, Looking Forward: A Year of Torah 20/20” by Rabbi Avi Katz Orlow and Rabbi Lev Meirowitz Nelson