The public messages dominating our country today, from the bigotry to the polarizing rhetoric, are contradictory to the intent of our founding fathers. They fly in the face of what it means to be an American. Discourse yes, disagreement yes, but enveloped in a cloak of respect and community. We find ourselves in a place where provocative soundbites of hate take precedence over basic civility. The most popular stories are those laced with hatred; they receive the most clicks and comments — a sad measurement of success and a sure path to darkness. As Jews, we have experienced the horror and pain of hatred, and we are obligated to raise our voices.