Simcha is our superpower

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Look, we know things can feel pretty rough right now. We’re all going through a pandemic, an economic downturn, and the most consequential election of our lifetimes all at once.

And now, in the middle of all of this, comes along Simchat Torah, that Jewish holiday when we celebrate the Torah. In other years, we would dance and sing with our treasured scrolls, rejoicing together while holding the very texts that have kept us together. This year there will be no dancing. But there should still be simcha (joy). Why? Because, despite everything, we have a powerful, beautiful community. We continue meaningful traditions that connect us to our ancestors and each other, and a legacy of fighting for freedom for all people.

We are worth fighting for. Our communities are worth fighting for. We are fighting for them. And that’s something to rejoice about.

Those in power are counting on us despairing. Those in power are counting on us saying “it doesn’t even matter”. Those in power are counting on us blaming our neighbors of other religions or of other races for shared problems. We’re not going to let that happen.

We are going to bring joy, simcha, as we fight for our future in which all Minnesotans are cared for. We are going to come together to pick leaders that will protect democracy and make the wealthy pay their fair share. And we are going to have a great time doing it.

But just like dancing and singing at Simcha Torah, the most joyous moments are the ones shared with others. Become a JCA member today by making a donation of $18 to be part of this powerful and fun community fighting for justice.

Jonathan Gershberg

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