As the inauguration of our 45th president approaches tomorrow I am very anxious. Though I love the pomp and circumstance of the transition of power I am concerned about the direction our government may take the next 4 years. Negative rhetoric has been more common recently and acts of violence against minorities have been on the rise. Now more than ever we have to be vigilant in our advocacy for basic human rights and in our pursuit of justice. Tomorrow Donald Trump will take the oath of office in which he will swear to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. It is our job, as fellow citizens, to ensure that he does.
Because it is Shabbat, our shul could not officially sponsor or promote the Women's March on January 21, though I fully understand the desire of many of you to attend and participate. I may suggest that by attending services on Friday night and/or Shabbat morning we can also take a stand. Our prayers motivate us to appreciate the gift of the Torah and to live by its precepts, including "justice, justice shalt thou pursue." And we also include the prayer for our country every Shabbat morning.
Together, let us pray that our country remain a beacon of hope to all who seek freedom and sanctuary. May we support President Trump's efforts to unite the country, and may we be ever strong and vigilant to stand up for any signs of injustice and hatred.