American Creed: Bridging the Divide

American Creed: Bridging the Divide


[gentle music] – (male speaker)
Well, the white elephant in the room is whether or not
the members of my congregation, the largest synogogue
in the state of Tennessee and the oldest one,
or any congregation of any size or any community, if they’re not aware that people are digging in,
then they’re not awake. My synogogue,
I’m proud to say is the only synagogue in America with two Jewish
Congressmen, one is on the left,
named Steve Cohen, and one is on the right,
named David Kustoff. So we’re a big tent. But what transcends
the politics… though the politics
make it virtually impossible to build a bridge, as people dig in, is this vision of a better life. And a better society. Let’s be honest,
we are living in more bubbles than ever before. The test of a great society
is how that society treats its most vulnerable members, not its most privelaged,
successful ones. Without begrudging
people their success, it’s fantastic when
people do well economically. At the same time, look at
the way a society treats its youngest and its oldest. And then you can tell
whether it’s a society you want to emulate or not. The five books of Moses
asks us to remember the stranger,
the widow, the orphan, the vulnerable members
of society 36 times. More than any other commandment. It doesn’t say
‘Believe, believe, believe’… it says
“remember the stranger, because you
were once a stranger.” [inspiring music]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *