What We Can Do Today About Nuclear Threats

Image: “Baker Shot”, part of Operation Crossroads, a nuclear test by the United States at Bikini Atoll in 1946. Image via Wikimedia.

When I am extremely anxious, one of the ways I can help myself is by taking action.

I don’t have control of the “nuclear football.” I don’t have control of Kim Jong-Un and his decisions. I can’t do anything directly about the shouting match he is having with President Trump.

But my Jewish values demand that I do what I can to preserve life and not lay waste to the earth. Here’s something I can do.

Congressman Ted Lieu and Senator Edward J. Markey have introduced the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017.  It prohibits the President from launching a nuclear first strike without a declaration of war by Congress.

To me, this is a no-brainer, and probably should have been done long ago.  I am going to contact my senators and my representative in Congress, asking them to step up and support the bill today. I want them to do what needs to be done to get it on the floor, up for a vote, and passed.

This is something I can do. I invite you to join me in doing what we can to limit the use – and the threat of use – of nuclear weapons.

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Rabbi Ruth Adar is a teaching rabbi in San Leandro, CA. She has many hats: rabbi, granny, and ham radio operator K6RAV. She blogs at http://coffeeshoprabbi.com/ and teaches at Jewish Gateways in Albany, CA.

7 thoughts on “What We Can Do Today About Nuclear Threats”

  1. Thank you for posting this. It is so easy to become disheartened and helpless. I just contacted my Senator in support of it and will be contacting my representatives as well.

  2. We don’t have anyone to contact in our Canadian Parliament but I do recall the one we did call on many years ago. We loved President J F Kennedy in Canada. When the principal of the school shouted over the elementary school PA system “get down on your knees and pray for President Kennedy” all 300 of us did it. Guess what – you may not believe in God but God believes in you. “God remember us back in the day when …would you help sort things out ..again”

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