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As the world is on fire over the darkness of racial injustice across North America, how are we meant to respond as Jews? The prophetic tradition, following Isaiah 49:6 is a clarion call: "Be a light unto the nations!" Not only do we follow the prophetic path of Isaiah but we also walk in the footsteps of Rabbi Abraham Joshuah Heschel who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King in Selma. As we read Isaiah’s prophecy (58: 1-12) in our haftarah this Yom Kippur, let us all be inspired by the stories of a few wonderful living guides to provide moral guidance for us as Jews in relation to the entire world and reconsider the role Judaism demands of us as allies in the struggle for freedom and justice across religious and racial divides. 

 

Francois Bugingo (Shilo Lion ben Avraham), member of Shaare Zion-Beth El

 

Martine St. Victor, local communication strategist, born in Trois-Rivières, Québec – of Haitian parents

 

Rabbi Or N. Rose, Director, MIller Center for Interreligious Learning & Leadership 

Thu, 21 October 2021 15 Cheshvan 5782