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June 28, 2022


Rabbi Jon,
As always I respect your thinking about all of this. I admit I am of two minds about your announcement. When we were in Dayton I worked for a civil rights organization that spent a good deal of energy helping clergy of all faiths understand that benedictions and invocations should not invoke any specific "G-d." Not an easy task. You are right, that when you perform a benediction in a government setting, no one is thinking that the government endorses Judaism. My concern is that if you - and other Rabbis - stop performing these rites from time to time, we will be turning it all over to the Christian majority (Imams are asked even less frequently than Rabbis), making all minority groups less relevant and less visible.
Your loyal admirer,
Mary Ann Oppenheimer

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