A modern Jewish prophet

Thus says the Lord GOD:
Lo, I am sending my messenger
to prepare the way before me.
Malachi 3:1 

On December 23, 1972, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel died. This orthodox Jewish rabbi, was a teacher and prophet who marched with Martin Luther King, Jr., for racial justice, and joined others in opposing the war in Vietnam. He opened up the Scriptures by his writings and teaching, not least of all is his tome on The Prophets.

At one point he was asked about marching for justice and peace and responded that he felt that his feet were praying.

Prayer is to be part of life and the struggle for justice. As this Rabbi and Prophet once wrote:

 “Prayer is meaningless unless it is subversive, unless it seeks to overthrow and to ruin the pyramids of callousness, hatred, opportunism, falsehoods. The liturgical movement must become a revolutionary movement seeking to overthrow the forces that continue to destroy the promise, the hope, the vision.”

 

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One response to “A modern Jewish prophet

  1. Sister Gwen Hennessey, OSF

    Merry Christmas, Brother Little John!!! Thank you for sharing so inspiring! Stay safe! May the wind be at your back! Love and gratitude, Gwen

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