It could be quitting a job that pays really well because of the derogatory comments made by some of your coworkers. It is saying “no thank you” to settling for a life that is not right for you. For me it was saying “no thank you” to the notion of marriage as it is not something I am interested in. Nobody fits one box for what a human being is supposed to look like. Our individuality makes the world the beautiful place that it is.
We were all at Sinai. When I first heard that statement, being the spiritual person that I am, I interpreted it as though we were not born at the time when Moses received the commandments from Mt. Sinai our distant ancestors were, and with our DNA embedded into theirs, in some way we were there.
When Moses received the Ten Commandments there were many men who surrounded him. These men were significant in this event however there were more people. Women and children accompanied him, but they were not mentioned. Homosexual, transgender and bisexual individuals accompanied him but they were not mentioned. We were all there at Sinai but not everyone was acknowledged. Just because a people group is hidden in the shadows of history does not make their existence any less significant than those who were acknowledged. We were all a part of history and we are all a part of the present. History is peppered with the attempt to hide certain people, to fail to acknowledge their existence. They were told to be quiet, do not enter, people were told not to serve them. They were criminalized and they never even thought of trying to be their true selves because they knew there would be serious consequences.
We are extremely fortunate that in the times that we are living in people are allowed to express themselves authentically, however, there is still work to be done. We celebrate because we have come so far and we mourn because we have so far to go. Judaism has an amazing voice declaring that “we were once oppressed let us do the work of freeing those that still are.” We get to declare “all people are made in the image of a creative Creator, filled with the divine spark of life and each person deserves love and dignity.” I am extremely proud to be a part of a group of people that not only accepts me exactly as I am but works tirelessly to make sure that everyone they encounter has that same experience.
We were all at Sinai and while not all voices were counted then, they are being counted now, and that counts.
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