Abraham Joshua Heschel


Abraham Joshua Heschel Marching

Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907-1972)

Polish-American rabbi who “prayed with his legs” and helped fashion Nostra Aetate

 “For many of us the march from Selma to Montgomery was about protest and prayer. Legs are not lips and walking is not kneeling. And yet our legs uttered songs. Even without words, our march was worship. I felt my legs were praying.”

Rabbi Heschel, commenting after his return from Selma, 1965.

For more information see “Moral grandeur and spiritual audacity”, Susannah Heschel’s reflection on her father, 1996.

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