We want to share the exciting news of the recent launch of
the group Rabbis Against Gun Violence
(RAGV) and invite you to join us as we raise our voice to save lives.
We are a
national grassroots coalition of Jewish American leaders and faith activists from
across the denominational spectrum mobilized to curb the current gun violence
epidemic plaguing our communities, with nearly 900 members on board already.
We believe in the inherent dignity and sacredness of every human
life and believe that every gun death
– whether from urban violence, suicide, domestic violence, accidental
shootings, or mass shootings - diminishes
us. With nearly 33,000 Americans killed
by guns each year – that’s an unimaginable 89 lives a day, including 7 children
and teens - we feel a fierce moral imperative to speak and to act.
in and inspired by Jewish values and teachings, we use our rabbinic voice to
educate and advocate for positive, achievable solutions that will save lives
and make our communities safer.
committed to civil and respectful discourse even in the most contentious of
situations. We are non-partisan and do not endorse candidates. Rather,we hold those in all spheres of public
life accountable and responsible for their words and actions with regard to
safeguarding our communities from gun violence. We know we can save lives without infringing on 2nd Amendment
rights. We work in partnership with those who
share our goals.
by the research and advice of policy and legal experts in the field of gun
violence prevention, we support a
wide variety of efforts to save lives and to change the culturearound
gun violence including the following:
Enforcement of Current Gun Laws
Background Checks For All Gun Purchases To Help Keep Guns Out Of The Hands Of
-Include sales online
and at gun shows
federal funding for the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or
NICS, so that states have the resources necessary to provide records of
prohibited individuals to the background check system
-Close the Charleston
loophole, so background checks are completed before a gun is sold
-Close the Terror Gap to prevent suspected terrorists from easily buying
the many gaps in federal law that
allow dangerous abusers to have access to guns
Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act” (PLCAA) granting broad immunity from
liability to gun manufacturers and dealers in federal and state courts.
üInvest In Dedicated Funding For Research About The
Causes and Impact Of Gun Violence (removing the
current congressional ban on related research by the Centers For Disease
The Research and Use Of Smart Gun Technology
(c) Rabbi Menachem Creditor There are few experiences that compare to convening a Beit Din (Rabbinic Court) to support someone formally affirming a Jewish identity. From the soul-sharing an emerging Jew pours out, the loving sanctity of profound questions and responses, the healing, Living Waters of a Mikvah... Thank You, God, for the touching of souls.
The success of Women of the Wall Nashot HaKotel, Union for Reform Judaism, and The Masorti Movement In Israel-התנועה המסורתית בישראל, is unprecedented, Jewish history bending, ever so slightly, toward justice. 25 years of work. Victory.
It is crucial that we who celebrate this legal/symbolic/religious miracle in our Homeland also acknowledge the sense of loss being experienced by the founders of WOW, whose narrower focus birthed a movement that grew beyond their original vision.
The Kotel has grown. We have grown. Change is hard.
As Amos Oz once quipped: "The title “traitor” is indeed, in some cases, an honorary badge. I am not referring to the trivial traitors who sell some information for money. No. I refer to people who are regarded as traitors because they are ahead of their time. Sometimes, a traitor is simply a person who has the courage to change – in the eyes of those who do not change..."
The success of WOW to galvanize the vast majority of Diaspora Judaism to make the first legally encoded right of non-Orthodox Judaism at our holiest place is an affirmation of the painful truth: success does not come without a price. A price worth paying, to be sure. But our sisters' tears are like a broken glass at a wedding, worthy of our pause.
A pause. Not a full stop. There's work to be done.