Sitting on my couch and listening to NPR report election results (and cheering more than moaning – thank G-d) my hope for this country is increasing a tad. Maybe this will be real change. Maybe not.
What is Jewish about this post? What is Jewish about caring about elections? Many things, in my opinion.
First, on voting – Jews have been prohibited from voting and participating in government in many of the countries in which we have lived. Voting is a privelege and, in America, Canada, Israel and other countries it is a right. I believe that voting is a right which all Americans (and etc) are obliged to take seriously. This obligation is even heavier for Jews – for those who were never permitted to vote and for the principle of tikkun olam (the obligation to repair the world).
Tikkun olam appears throughout our texts – we must care about the world around us and we must take part in making the world a better place.
Using the voices we have in the American government – voting, writing/talking to congressional personnel is our obligation and our right!
Well, it’s funny I should come across this! I just came home from voting in a local election, not 15 mins ago! I too believe that it is a right for which people have fought and died for and it demands respect, and by that I mean that I believe people should absolutely feel compelled to vote. I myself *thoroughly* enjoy the process for some reason… just something about how official it all is and perhaps the feeling of potentially making an impact…. *shrug* Who knows. I just know I love to do it!