Below is a letter from a Jewish woman to her Senator regarding vaccination choice. The letter is anon for her safety. We live in a tenuous time. Jewish Americans especially. We had a shooting at synagogue on Passover in San Diego this past weekend. The media push to demonize those who do not have an MMR vaccination is dangerous in the extreme. To vilify Americans of faith is to open them to hatred and violence - for what, to fund pharma, political campaigns? We need to stop and think. Fear generates hatred. Hatred opens the door to death.
I write to you about the bill to remove our rights to religious vaccine exemption. As a legislator who is involved with the Holocaust and Human Rights Center you must have affinity and an authentic appreciation for the "event", its lead up and its outcomes.
I am Jewish. I observe the laws of kashrut (kosher) that are articulated in Torah. I chose the philosophical exemption for my children years back because I carry a life long trepidation of "outing" the choices I make having foundation in being Jewish. I did not want record of my observance.
My grandma, mom's mom, got stuck in the progroms in Russia in the early 1900's. For too many years she lived a terrifying life very similar to Anne Frank. My Zeide, dad's dad, fought in the underground in Poland against the communists and the Nazis who both wanted us dead, years before the world was allowed any knowledge of what was going on there.
With what has transpired in NY and the exacerbation of anti semitic activity by the government and media focusing on orthodox Jews, my trepidation continues in this day. What the government has done gives my insides goosebumps. That this bill removes the G-d given right to observe the Torah is abhorrent to me beyond the words I have available to describe. Torah says no pig, no blood. My ancestors did not capitulate. They clung to the Torah and to G-d. They are my heritage. I am their legacy, as are my children. We will never take a vaccination.
That I will be unable to pursue educational advancement, as I continue getting older with less opportunity to pay for my own old age, or turn my back on my ancestors, my heritage, my faith, is heinous and an unforgivable choice that will be the result if this bill, in its current form, becomes law. It puts a disability on me personally and those like me.
I do not envy you as you have limited choice in what bills are presented. I appreciate your legislative service and the importance of your work. Please, consider what I have shared with you as time comes before you to vote.