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November 7, 2020
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New York - We applaud the record number of Americans who voted in this year's election - especially during a time of pandemic. The American people have spoken and have chosen former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris to lead our country for the next four years. The Rabbinical Assembly congratulates the new president and vice-president-elect on their victories and wishes them the very best.
We hope the incoming Biden-Harris administration will make immediate plans, together with the new Congress, to contain the novel coronavirus pandemic, to assist individuals and families in economic distress, to strengthen confidence in our systems of government, and to address issues of racial injustice in our society.
In the aftermath of this election, we call upon current and incoming leaders from both parties – including the new Senate and House – to use their power to build bridges, not barriers, that will truly resolve these challenges and unify our deeply divided country. We also call on legislators at the national, state, and local levels to ensure a peaceful transition of power between administrations.
As we move past this demanding election and look to the future, we remind our members that political engagement is an essential part of the job of spiritual leadership. In order to reach our full potential, we must join with neighbors, friends, and family of all political persuasions to better our communities, further civil public discourse, promote social justice, and fight inequality.
We pray that our new leaders will take to heart the teachings of the ancient prophet, Micah (6:8), “God has told you, O man, what is good, and what the Lord requires of you: only to do justice, to love goodness, and to walk modestly with your God.”
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About the Rabbinical Assembly
The Rabbinical Assembly is the international association of Conservative rabbis. Since its founding in 1901, the Assembly has been the creative force shaping the ideology, programs, and practices of the Conservative movement, and is committed to building and strengthening the totality of Jewish life. The Assembly publishes learned texts, prayer books, and works of Jewish interest; and it administers the work of the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards for the Conservative movement. It also serves the professional and personal needs of its membership through publications, conferences, and benefit programs, and it coordinates the Joint Placement Commission of the Conservative movement. Rabbis of the Assembly serve congregations throughout the world, and also work as educators, officers of communal service organizations, and college, hospital, and military chaplains. More information at www.rabbinicalassembly.org.