What does it mean to be an American? What core values undergird our way of life? How does our faith as Jews shape our American identities? What commonalities do citizens of different faiths share?
These are the questions that religious thought leaders address in a collection of writings entitled American Values, Religious Voices, 100 Days, 100 Letters.
In the wake of the election of the current president, there was a desire by scholars of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, as well as other faiths to write about our current condition and to identify core values we share as Americans.
Each composed a letter to the president, his cabinet, and to every member of Congress, drawing upon his or her faith tradition and expressing a hope for the future of the United States. All 100 letters, along with a description of the project and biographies of each writer, can be accessed online here.
May these letters remind us of the enduring values of our country. May they inspire us to safeguard democracy, establish justice, protect those who are vulnerable in society, and serve as a beacon of freedom to the world.