Senator Ben Cardin is the senior senator from Maryland and the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He has prepared a High Holy Days essay, published by the American Jewish World Service: A Time for Moral Accounting for Ourselves and Our Nation.
In the opening he states: “As we prepare for the High Holidays—however we celebrate or view God in our own lives—the period leading up to Rosh Hashanah can be a time for reflection and for taking an accounting of our character—who we are as individuals and as a society. Jewish tradition calls this process cheshbon hanefesh, an accounting of the self or the soul that can facilitate change. Once we know what our deficits and strengths are, we can work to become the kind of people and society that we would like to be. Ideally, we are always striving to embody the Jewish imperative to make the world a better place by caring for those who are most vulnerable and most in need of our compassion and our defense.”
To read the entire essay, click here.