Hope is My Middle Name

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march"Tzedek, tzedek tirdof – Justice, justice shall you pursue {Deut. 16:20)" demands the Torah. Pursuing justice is a Jewish mandate. This is why the Union for Reform Judaism is partnering with the NAACP on America's Journey for Justice, a 40+ March from the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama to Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. to commemorate the 50 year anniversary of Martin Luther King's March from Selma. The March is not meant to be just a symbolic gesture. It is an opportunity to learn from each other, and to focus on justice issues like voting rights, which are currently under attack.

A call went out to Reform Rabbis a few weeks ago inviting us to represent the Jewish community on the March; at least one rabbi each day who would carry the Torah each step of the way. Over 150 Rabbis responded to the call; I am fortunate to be among those who are marching and proud that I will be representing Temple Beth Sholom. I am marching because I have sat for too long witnessing racial discrimination in our criminal justice and economic system. I am marching because I have heard about too many innocents whose lives have been cut short because of the color of their skin. Enough tragedies. Enough loss. Enough standing by.

I will be walking (20 miles!) from Athens, GA on Wednesday, Aug. 19th. If any of you are interested in learning more about the March or in joining with me, please explore the links below, and then contact me at rabbipomerantz@tbsmb.org.

Fifty years ago when Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel marched with Dr. King, he reflected: "I felt my legs were praying." We too have an opportunity to pray with our legs, marching toward justice, one step at a time.

Click here for NAACP information. 
Click here for Reform Movement information.