God is in the voting booth

by Rabbi Joshua M. Davidson

Forward — October 27, 2020

I remember as a young child how my parents would take me with them into the voting booth to teach me not just how all the levers worked, but how democracy worked.

For Jews of an earlier America, voting was a sacred privilege. Our immigrant forebears would dress for the polling place as though for shul on Yom Kippur. The responsibility to participate in the electoral process in their new homeland they deemed a holy act.

It still is. As the late Leonard Fein reminded us, “In the era of the modern state, there is no path to the fulfillment of Jewish interests and ideals that does not lead through the halls of government.” Despite all the distrust and disgust directed toward Washington these days, engagement in the process remains a sacred duty.

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