November 24, 2004

by Reb Yudel
Shoshana Cardin in her own words

Learning To Become Fluent in 'Faith-Speak' (Forward OpEd Page)

For American Jews, most of whom fall in the Democratic column; the re-election of President Bush -- aided as it was by the religious right -- has heightened the concern that we are fast becoming guests in an increasingly Christian nation.

That might indeed be the case, but I nevertheless remain optimistic about our communal ability to influence the national agenda. In order to do so, however, we need to redefine our modus vivendi. As the Torah tells us, those who lead are responsible for the character of their society.

It is essential that we, as a community, develop a list of priorities on those issues that would threaten or negate vital Jewish principles, principles that we hold critical to our Jewish identity. Perhaps more importantly, we need to relearn how to engage with a body politic that, in some ways, operates much differently than that of a generation ago.....

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