So today is Jewish and Proud Day…
When I learned that today was Jewish and proud day, it struck me as odd. When I stopped to think about it, for me every day is Jewish and proud day.
I am proud that our heritage serves as the foundation for the Christian and Muslim faiths who represent billions of global citizens.
I am proud of our Hebrew Bible that has inspired scholars, leaders, poets, musicians, activists, artists, authors and simple souls for far more than 2000 years.
I am proud that despite the fact that we are .2 percent of the global population, we impact the world in positive ways that are far disproportionate to our numbers.
I am proud that Jews across the globe can enter a synagogue wherever they are and feel at home. And I am proud that Jews leave their synagogues to make a difference in their communities.
I am proud of the Prophets whose vision for justice inspires me, and has inspired countless other throughout history, to work to better our world.
I am proud that we put education front and center – always.
I am proud that the Jewish concept of family extends far beyond the walls of our homes – to include all of humanity.
I am proud that despite the hatred aimed against us, we have survived and thrived.
I am proud that we gave the world the notion of the Sabbath, a day of rest. We are not slaves to our jobs or world.
I am proud that we are called to lift our wine cups and toast “L’chayim to life” – on good days, on hard days, on all days.
I am happy that January 6, 2020 was Jewish and Proud Day but hope tomorrow will be as well.