“Where does God dwell in America today? Is God at home with those who are complacent, indifferent to other people’s agony, devoid of mercy? Is God not rather with the poor and the contrite in the slums? … Where in America do we hear a voice like the voice of the prophets of Israel? Martin Luther King is a sign that God has not forsaken the United States of America. … Martin Luther King is a voice, a vision and a way. I call upon every Jew to hearken to his voice, to share his vision, to follow his way. The whole future of America will depend upon the impact and influence of Dr. King.”

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel introducing Dr King to speak to the Rabbinical Assembly, the organization of rabbis in the denomination of Conservative Judaism. Dr. King spoke on March 25, 1968. Ten days later, he was killed — giving a deeply ironic cast to the last sentence in Rabbi Heschel’s introduction. 

“God and Society in Heschel and King”
by Susannah Heschel

Spirit and Politics in Heschel
ed. by Rabbi Arthur Waskow

“MLK in Catskills”
MLK speaking to Rabbinical Assembly, introduced by Heschel

“My Legs Were Praying: Theology and Politics in Abraham Joshua Heschel”
by Rabbi Arthur Waskow

“The Meaning of This War”
by Abraham Joshua Heschel

“The Heschel yohrzeit coincides in 2017 with MLK Birthday: AJH teachings about social responsibility for success of fascism in 1930s applied today.”
by Rabbi Arthur Waskow