[Ed. – Hey, we don’t write it. We’re just passing it on.]
On Yom Kippur, Jews take account of our souls, an intense reflective process called cheshbon hanefesh. This year, when I search my soul, I’ll be focused on confronting my own white privilege.
The Jewish community is far from uniform, but in aggregate we have done well. We have experienced that quintessential American transition, from an immigrant community facing daily discrimination, to a group that is now well represented in top universities, desirable careers and sought-after ZIP codes.
Refusing to acknowledge the role that our predominant whiteness played in this transition requires willful blindness. On Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, we must ask: Have we arranged our lives in ways that allow us to ignore the suffering of other Americans? …
The Supreme Court’s evisceration of…[the] Voting Rights Act in Shelby v. Holder three years ago was a clarion call for the Reform Jewish movement. During the first presidential election in more than 50 years without the full protection of the Voting Rights Act, we are compelled to protect the right to vote. We must defend and encourage electoral participation, among all Americans and especially among people of color who are targeted – with “surgical precision” in the words of a North Carolina judge – by voter suppression efforts underway in several states.