I see [5th district Democratic congressional candidate] Leslie Cockburn as that rare politician who not only looks to the future, but is adamant about changing the present. Her value system and my value system align. She has been in every corner of the world, and has distilled what is important to each and every one of us, as humans. The desire for access to healthcare, quality education, adequate food, and a clean, safe environment in which to raise our children are universal, regardless of race, religion, origin, or location. But many Virginians, vote against their own best interests. My neighbors live without health care, dental care, access to social services and sadly, die before their time. An agenda of White Supremacy won’t make their lot any better or their future any brighter.
As for the playing the “anti-Semite” card, I just don’t buy it. True anti-Semites don’t have to say a word, it is in the very fabric of their souls. True anti-Zionists will tell you exactly what they think, and anti-Israel proponents are simply anti-Semites hiding behind politics. We Jews have pretty tough skin. We’ve heard it all before. This isn’t our first rodeo.
As for me, the most frightening sign of hatred the day after Charlottesville’s White Supremacist march was walking into Lowes on Rt. 29 and seeing that they had moved all their Tiki-Torches to the front of the store to fuel the fear. As Virginians, it would behoove us to keep our history in the rear-view mirror, and not let that history blind us to what is ahead.
Rabbi Rose Jacob