Martin Luther King Jr.

Rejecting MLK’s `Dream’ Means No Hope For Future

01/18/2016 - 13:05

This Martin Luther King birthday holiday, a new nihilism is gripping the African-American community. As the accolades for Ta-Nehisi Coates mount – a MacArthur “genius” grant, the National Book Award – is anyone willing to defend what he mocks as “The Dream?”

Gil Troy

Walking With King

What would Heschel have marched for in 2016? What would King have said today?

01/12/2016 - 12:05
Special To The Jewish Week

Jews attuned to the weekly cycle of Torah readings cannot help but have a special relationship to Martin Luther King Day. This is the time of year when we read the story of the exodus from Egypt that stands at the very core of Jewish tradition, as it does in the tradition of the African-American church from which King emerged. Over and over we Jews hear Moses demand of Pharaoh in the name of the Lord that he “send forth My people that they may serve Me.” Week after week, we are driven to ask ourselves what that call means in our day, and what we need to do to answer it. 

Arnold M. Eisen

Honoring Dr. King And His Message

01/13/2015 - 19:00

It is particularly fitting that we commemorate Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, reassuring us that those who make headlines in the name of religious faith need not be terrorists invoking “Allah,” but rather men and women encouraging each of us to follow a moral path in the image of our Creator.

MLK, Mandela And The Jews

01/13/2014 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

The upcoming observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Jan. 20, juxtaposed against the recent passing of Nelson Mandela, should cause us to reflect with pride on the inspiring role that Jews played in both the civil rights movement in the United States and the struggle for the overthrow of apartheid in South Africa.

Rabbi Marc Schneier

King And Heschel: A Politics Of Prophecy

01/10/2011 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Abraham Joshua Heschel and Martin Luther King Jr., whose birthdays we recall next week, shared far more than the political partnership on behalf of civil rights immortalized in the iconic 1965 photograph of them marching side by side in Selma, Ala. Their biographies show astonishing parallels. Their theologies of prophecy and providence were closely allied. And the self-images they bore as religious and societal leaders were remarkably similar.

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