November 11, 2016
In his first sermon since Americans elected Donald Trump to be the next president of the United States, Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch offers words of consolation and action.
“I have not witnessed this widespread and communal sense of loss, anxiety, fear, and profound sadness since 9/11,” Rabbi Hirsch says. “After you have taken the time to dust yourself off and recover your emotional equilibrium — and it will happen quickly — we must devote ourselves with extra fervor to the great principles and ideals that define who we are as Americans and as Jews.”
Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch is the senior rabbi at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue. A vibrant Reform congregation on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, Stephen Wise Free Synagogue has served as a catalyst for progressive Jewish thought, support for Israel, and committed social action in the local community and beyond for more than 100 years. Learn more at swfs.org.