In honor of
Martin Luther King Day coming up next week, Rabbi Hanan will read this
letter that he and other rabbi's created from the St. Augustine prison
in 1964 on Friday night, January 18th at Temple Beth Israel. The service will start at 7:30 and Rabbi Hanan's comments and reading will begin somewhere between 8:30 and 9pm.
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Some of the history of MLK and the Rabbis...
One night 1962, Martin Luther King Jr. and his friend Rabbi Israel Dresner were trapped with other activists in a house surrounded by the local White Citizens Council. While they were waiting for help, King told Rabbi Dresner about the Passover seder he'd attended that spring and hearing the phrase, "We were slaves in Egypt."
"Dr. King said to me, 'I was enormously impressed that 3,000 years later, these people remember their ancestors were slaves, and they're not ashamed."
While in prison in St. Augustine, Florida, Martin Luther King Jr. wrote a letter to, Rabbi Dresner, urging him "to come down to St. Augustine with as many Rabbis as possible." The result was the largest mass arrest of rabbis in American history.
While imprisoned the Rabbis created a document, Why We Went: A Joint Letter from the Rabbis.
Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel said, "We must insist that life involves not only the satisfaction of selfish needs, but also the satisfaction of a divine need for human justice and nobility."
When Heshel was asked how he could think it was a holy act for a religious Jew to be marching with Martin Luther King, Jr. said he was PRAYING WITH HIS FEET. As Heschel puts it: "To worship is to expand the presence of God in the world. And yet, the path to this bringing of God in the world is not just social justice, but also inwardness, silence, an openness to the mystery of the universe, the mystery of living and dying, of knowing and non-knowing."
Friday, 18 January, 2013
07:30 pm service
8:30 sharing with Rabbi Hanan
at Temple Beth Israel
(29th and University, Eugene)