As I'm going over the scriptures on this Shabbat I started to think about the state of our country. The evil that we see present is not manufactured, it was always there. If we fail to do good evil is the result. Our society has failed to do good works, failed to shine the light so as a result evil and darkness are present. As a nation our people and politicians have strayed from doing the right thing in favor of what is convenient or what is popular at the time. God didn't cause the evil state we find ourselves in, we the people over the generations did and only we can change it. Our founding fathers chose to follow God as a guide in how they set up this country and the Constitution. We have let that founding principle stray from our daily thoughts and actions. We have let politicians change the way things are done, what laws are created and how we are governed through our and our ancestors inactions. The only way i can see to truly change things is to shine our light, to do the good works and keep promoting the positive and not the negative. Only light can reverse the dark, peace reverse the evil. Spread your light, your joy, your laughter and do the good works! Shalom instead of Rah, peace instead of evil. Happy 4th of July. Happy Independence day everyone, stay safe! Shabbat Shalom.