We are all aware that yesterday was election day here in the United States of America. This presidential campaign has been one of the most divided times in recent history. Even within party lines there were divisions. It seemed as if nobody could give anyone the benefit of the doubt or a kind word. It was over before it began in my eyes. If the race to president gets ugly, gets dirty, gets immoral, well then how, exactly, can we expect the results to be anything less? I'll be honest, I was asleep by 9:45 pm last night. I knew that Trump was leading but I didn't realize he had won until my alarm went off this morning and I heard the words that I was dreading, "President-Elect Trump."
are we, the Average American? We nominated Hillary Clinton. We also nominated Donald Trump. We did. We spoke and democracy listened. Done and done. And now we need to wipe off the tears, put on our grown up panties and make the best of the situation. But how? I will be the first person to admit to looking into Nefesh b'Nefesh this morning. But in reality, I'm not going anywhere (at least not until I have completed Baby Step 3).
I think now is the time to get involved. To find your cause and get vocal, get active, get caring. I may not be a minority in the sense of being Latino, or Muslim, or Mexican. I might not be fighting for equality as a member of the LGBTQ community. But I am a Jew and the Holocaust is not all that far away in the grand scheme of things. I am living with a mental illness, and we all know how Trump treats those who don't fit into his mainstream. So I will find my cause, which is mental illness, and I will get vocal. I will fight, tooth and nail, for the medical benefits I should be afforded simply because I am a human being. I hope you will find your cause and get just as loud and proud.
And because I don't want to be a complete Debbie Downer I will end with a verse from Shemot 17:12: "But Moses' hands were heavy and he grew tired. So they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. Then Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on one side and one on the other side; so it was that his hands were steady until the sun set." We see here how the two worked together to support Moses. My prayer for us on this November 9th, the day after President-Elect Trump was elected, is that we too can work together to steady the hands of the elected leader of our nation. Regardless of what walk of life we come from, regardless of who we love, or what we believe, we should all be able to join together and truly make America what she has the potential to be--the land of the free and the home of the brave.