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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