My Idea of the American Dream: Rabbi Rachael Bregman
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My name is Rachel Bregman. I am a rabbi at Temple Beth Tefilloh and Brunswick, Georgia. In fact, I am the Berman family rabbinate rabbi at Temple Beth Tefilloh in Brunswick, Georgia.
I think that's part of the American dream is having family, as you define it and being free to do that, having access to that home ownership and living in a place where that feels safe, right? That doesn't feel like that's going to be threatened or taken away from you for any reason to feel protected and secure. And I think that's the American dream today. And I think that the last couple of years in particular have opened up doorways painfully, but opened up doorways for more of American society to recognize that access to that Dream about financial security, family identity and, physical safety is threatened and has been threatened.
And because those doors are open to that understanding, we are now in a much better place than we ever have been before to put safeties in place protections in place to secure those three pieces, right? The financial, the family and the personal. And I know that across the country, that's really different for some people that means lots of guns for some people means no guns, right? Just as an example, but I want there to be, here's the part where I don't know if it's the Dream yet, but here's my hope. I want there to be room at the table for all of those voices. I think there is a space where the American dream can and has to include everyone.