Democracy and Elections

“A ruler is not to be appointed unless the community is first consulted”

-Babylonian Talmud Berachot 55a

Since many states are working to undermine the basic process of voting and the people’s trust in our election institutions, the work we do is crucial to securing our rights to vote and participate in the democratic process. 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.

T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights is a 501(c)(3) and does not conduct partisan political activities in support or in opposition to any political candidate.

Protest placards:

Buy full-size placards here.

Print on 8×11 paper at home or at your local print shop:

Text studies:

  • 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 today as candidates debate law and order, protecting our international allies, public health policy, 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.

Prayers:

Webinars:

Chaverim only. Please email programs@truah.org for the recording.

  • Masha Gessen briefing on autocracy
  • Chris Crawford and Emily Rodriguez on “What chaverim can do to protect this election”
  • Ben Poor “Im Lo Achshav: Making a Plan for Election Season”
  • “Movement Chaplaincy”

Divrei Torah:

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