Post-Election Message from the Rabbinical Association

For each of us this election represented something different. For some, this election was a referendum on the status quo. For some, it was a referendum on the political establishment. For many this election was a statement on how we should treat the vulnerable among us. 

This past political cycle has been one of anger and frustration - feelings which have crossed party lines. In the coming days and months ahead the dust will settle and tempers will be calmed, but the question will still remain, "What lessons can we reap from what has passed?".

While we are sure that many lessons will be reaped, what is clear is that our country is in pain and fiercely divided. For years, we have been complaining of partisan gridlock and an inability to come together as a nation. It is time for us to guide our politicians in how to come together as a nation. It is easy for us to believe the views of another are just wrong and backwards and therefore are to be ignored or rejected. However, as our teacher Rav Kook reminds us, “All the defects of the world, the material and the spiritual, all derive from the fact that every individual sees only the one aspect of existence that pleases him, and all other aspects that are uncomprehended by him seem to deserve purging from the world. And the thought leaves its imprint in individuals and groups, on generations and epochs, that whatever is outside one’s own is destructive and disturbing. The result is multiplication of conflict.” 

If we want to be able to help heal the wounds of our fellow citizens, wounds that are felt by members of every spectrum of political allegiance, it means having to meet each other where we are and acknowledge that we each have a different way of viewing and experiencing the world and that we each carry an element of the Divine Spark within.

At the same time we are also called by our tradition to constantly pursue justice. Therefore, as we move forward, let us always work to preserve the Divine Spark that dwells within us all. Let us use our voices for tools of Shalom and let our actions be the example of the Shalom Bayit we wish to find within our borders and let us be unafraid to stand up for the principles we believe in.

May we each find the strength to find hope instead of despair; to find love instead of hate; and to always walk justly, particularly when it is hard to do so.


Rabbi Ari Yehuda Saks
Rabbi Esther Reed
Rabbi David Vaizberg
Rabbi Bryan Kinzbrunner
Rabbi Philip Bazeley
Rabbi Bernhard Rosenberg
Rabbi Aaron Schonbrun
Rabbi Ben Levy
Rabbi Dov Goldberg
Rabbi Nathan Langer
Rabbi Shira Stern
Rabbi Robert Pilavin
Rabbi Don Weber
Rabbi Melinda Panken
Rabbi Joel Mishkin
Rabbi Robert Wolkoff
Rabbi Kerry Olitzky
Rabbi Ellie Shemtov
Rabbi Joshua Finkelstein
Rabbi Laurence Malinger
Rabbi Bennett Miller
A message from the Rabbinical Association in the Heart of New Jersey


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