Funny story: Torah teaches this week that God was furious over human violence and morbid stupidity and decided to flood the world. The only way to survive was for Noah and Na’amah to build an ark and invite creatures from all walks of life aboard. We’re all in the same boat, they realized. Congress, get the message?

Rabbi Michael Adam Latz, is the Senior Rabbi at Shir Tikvah Congregation in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he lives with his husband and children. Michael, an alum of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship, Class 8, was ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 2000. Michael writes and leads his community in advocating for fair housing, ending gun violence, and marriage equality. He can be reached at