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A Word from Rabbi Schulman - 1/15/21

When Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr in Selma, he famously said, “I felt my legs were praying.”

At our Shabbat service tonight, we will honor moral leaders like Dr. King and Rabbi Heschel’s with prayers and readings. But we live in an age that cries out for us to actualize our prayers though deeds of righteousness.

This Monday is a national holiday that celebrates Dr. King’s birth and legacy. There are numerous ways we can ‘get our feet praying’ even if we cannot join together to march.

The local Jewish Community Resource Council has compiled a list of events being sponsored by Bay Area by Jewish organizations.

In addition, the San Francisco Chronicle has compiled other events taking place throughout the Bay Area.

Lastly, there are numerous ways you can offer aid to fellow Americans who have been impacted by Covid-19, poverty, hunger, and racial injustice. A National Day of Service, organized by the Presidential Inauguration Committee, provides information to help at this site.

“Prayer is not just the communication we have with God; it is also the work we do to make God’s values real to the world. I think God listens to both kinds of prayer with equal joy.” (Rabbi David Saperstein). Let us serve God with devotion and joy.


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