My teens lobbied their members of Congress on LGBTQ equality, comprehensive sexuality ed, climate change, the minimum wage, refugee resettlement, and gun violence prevention, each choosing an issue that was personally important to them.
Joseph’s story is a reminder that justice does come. For the transgender community, and the LGBT community at large, each step forward is met with significant barriers, but that doesn’t mean the fight is any less vital.
When I asked IsraAID where I could go to help refugees, they told me Berlin. I agreed somewhat reluctantly. Germany was the last place I wanted to go. My mother survived Auschwitz; the rest of her family was not as fortunate. I had a visceral dislike for the country and had never intended to visit it – but I have since changed my mind.
The Eternal One spoke to Moses, saying, "Phinehas, son of Eleazar son of Aaron the priest, has turned back My wrath from the Israelites by displaying among them his passion for Me, so that I did not wipe out the Israelite people in My passion." - Numbers 25:10-11