There are many points of value to discuss in this week's Parashah / Torah portion, but this week I feel compelled to relate to a current and pressing concern: I will be joining my colleagues and friends in the #notonemore campaign, an opportunity for the grassroots to raise our voices against incident after incident of gun violence in our country.
There are moments when individual liberties must be constrained for the common good. Our country is living through one of these moments. The rest of the world looks at us burying bystanders and children and passersby and shake their head in wonder at our stubbornness.
So I ask, if you feel that gun control legislation and enforcement is falling short, if you are sickened when you hear of mass, random and accidental shootings, then please consider participating with is. Make a handmade sign that says: #NotOneMore and take a selfie or have someone take your picture, send it to me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will forward all our photographs to my colleague, Rabbi Menachem Creditor, who is organizing this effort.
We do not have to sit in silence, sit broken-heartened and passive in the face of these murders and injuries.
Rabbi Amy Levin
has been Torat Yisrael's rabbi since the summer of 2004 and serves as President of the Board of Rabbis of Greater Rhode Island.