One of Shir Tikvah's spiritual leaders reflects on November's same-sex marriage victory.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- James Sanna
Thursday, December 20, 2012
On Nov. 6, hundreds of people crowded into a ballroom at the St. Paul River Centre, waiting intently for the outcome of the election. More important to them than any presidential race, though, was Minnesota's vote on a constitutional amendment that would have banned same-sex marriage. Projectors turned one wall into a pair of giant televisions streaming television news channels, to which 90 percent of eyes in room were glued. Emotions ran high among the assembled activists. Each twitch in the election returns splashed on the screens caused great waves of cheers or ripples of gasps in the crowd. For Lynnhurst synagogue Shir Tikvah's Rabbi Michael Adam Latz, the entire evening was a deeply personal affair, despite the leading role he and …
Shir Tikvah rabbi, congregants pin faith to their fight against the proposed constitutional ban.
Early in the evening Wednesday, Michael Adam Latz, the rabbi at Shir Tikvah Synagogue, spoke two Hebrew words—tikkun olam. The phrase is a precept of Judaism, a duty to “repair the world.” That repair, Latz urged, begins with a coordinated, impassioned effort to defeat the measure to amend Minnesota’s state constitution to ban gay marriage. “How does the amendment violate this?” Latz asked, referring to tikkun olam. “The world is a shattered vessel, and it is our responsibility to put it back together. We’re trying to build a world where this doesn’t happen.” The term “values voter” has grown synonymous with social conservatism, and it’s hard to find anyone referring to the “religious left.” Yet Latz and many members of Shir Tikvah, long …