Because of the observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Bridge blog is suspending activity through January 15. We’ll be back on Tuesday, January 16, for more updates from the Holy Land.
As we pause to remember the legacy of Dr. King, Rabbi Eckstein shares the way he was inspired by the life of this man of faith and principle:
My greatest recollections of Dr. Martin Luther King are not only of his inspiring leadership, or his incredible ability to express his vision and passion through public speaking. What I recall is that Dr. King was a man of principle. The dictates of his Christian faith led him to put himself at great personal risk -- risk that eventually cost him his life -- to stand for what he knew was right. . .
Dr. King stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., in 1963 and spoke of a day when all people would “not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” May we remember his words this coming Monday as we reflect on how far we have come in terms of racial equality, and, considering the significant strides yet to be made, choose to do our utmost as we seek to honor and emulate our God of love, peace, and justice.
On January 15, we also remember a man who saw a clear parallel between the struggle for equality faced by his own people and the Jewish people's struggle against oppression.
Learn more about the historic link between African Americans and the Jewish community dating back to the Civil Rights Movement in our free downloadable booklet, On the Frontlines of Faith.