Rise Up This New Year!

As 5780, a year filled with so much suffering, illness, strife and division comes to an end tonight and we gather together online for our 6:00pm Erev Rosh HaShanah service, I’ll pay tribute to one of my heroes, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel. When Heschel returned from the 1965 Selma to Montgomery march with Dr. Martin Luther King, someone asked him if he found time to pray.  Heschel answered: “I prayed with my feet.” As 5781 begins, we must heed Rabbi Heschel’s words; we must pray with our feet as well.  This evening, I will share a few of Heschel’s poems that touch me deeply. They give us a glimpse into the heart and soul of this great rabbi, teaching us how we too can pray with our feet, with our entire bodies. The key: realizing that we’re all, everyone of us, in relationship with each other. That we all must matter to…