We Must Make His Dream A Reality

57 years ago today, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. shared these words with the world: “I have a dream this afternoon that my four little children will not come up in the same young days that I came up within, but they will be judged on the basis of the content of their character, not the color of their skin.” We all know too well that, despite the heroic efforts of Dr. King and so many others, Dr. King’s dream is still not a reality. On April 4, 1968, Dr. King was assassinated, leaving us with his dream. In this week’s Torah portion, we read about the ancient Israelite practice known as Levirate Marriage that required a man to marry his brother’s widow if his brother passes away without having had a child. When the man and the widow marry and have a child, the child will carry the name of the deceased brother. In this way, the…