We celebrate Independence Day because we are blessed to live in a land where liberty and equality are the founding principles. As a Jew, I am profoundly grateful to be a citizen of a country where I am free and safe from the hatred that has sadly been a part of Jewish history. As Americans, we need to remain vigilant, protecting and expanding the rights of all citizens. We need to understand that our greatness comes from all of our people and from our core beliefs.
The American presidential election [came] at a time when the world and our nation are confronted with many challenges. How we respond to these challenges will be telling. Will fear make us retract and retrench, or can we rise to the occasion, shining a beacon to others in the world?
The value boldly asserted in the Declaration of Independence that we are endowed with the rights of “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness,” which is the bedrock of the American Experiment, remains the aspiration of so many across the globe. And, it remains our aspiration as well. Although we have come a long way, we still have much further to go — and we must not stop.
God bless America!