His legs were praying (as he walked for All of us…)

Walking: it really is not just about my carbon footprint

Walking can get you places both physically, and emotionally, when you focus on working through a goal by walking, such as walking with other people united for empathy and making this world a safer place for all people:

A social consciousness infused with an ecumenical approach brought Heschel and King together again on 19 November 1963, when both men addressed the United Synagogue of America’s Golden Jubilee Convention in New York. King expressed his deep accord with Heschel’s cause—which was to stand against the Soviet Union’s treatment of its Jewish population—by restating his own view that “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” King stated that he could not neglect the plight of his “brothers and sisters who happen to be Jews in Soviet Russia” (King, 15). In March 1965, Heschel responded to King’s call for religious leaders to join the Selma to Montgomery March for voting rights. The march was spiritually fulfilling for Heschel, and he recalled feeling like his “legs were praying” as he walked next to King (Heschel, “Theological Affinities,” 175). When King delivered his famous address against the Vietnam War at Riverside Church on 4 April 1967, Heschel followed him as a speaker and ended his own presentation saying, “I conclude with the words of Dr. King: ‘The great initiative of this war is ours. The initiative to stop it must be ours’” (Heschel, 4 April 1967).

I came across this link while preparing to log off for Friday afternoon, and just had to share it.

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19 thoughts on “His legs were praying (as he walked for All of us…)

        1. One has to do with Leah’s seeming Chutzpah: “You took my husband, and now you want my son’s Dudaim.” Out of kindness, Rachel had given her the secret “password” in order not to embarrass her sister, but instead of haKorot Tov, Leah is telling her off! Rav Shwadron explains it in three words, “Leah never knew.” Rachel knew that she was destined for Yaakov; they both felt it the moment they met by the well, yet there was no official engagement announced, and for seven years, while Yaakov was working, Lavan was planning the switch. The only three people who had been in the know were Lavan, Yaakov, and Rachel. But Leah was crying because she thought that, as the older sister, she would have to marry Esav, the older brother. Rachel’s sacrifice for her sister was much bigger than the secret Simonim; she had thought that the switch would be complete, i.e. that now she would have to marry Esav. Yet she did it WITHOUT SAYING A WORD TO LEAH. This is the kind of self-sacrifice expected of every Jew to save another Jew.
          Much love,

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  1. I grew up with parents who were peace and civil rights activists. They walked with Martin Luther King when he came to Detroit in the 1960s. Throughout my childhood, they would take me along. We went to Washington DC on several occasions to protest the Vietnam War. People walked for causes a lot back then. When the first President Bush went into Iraq, my husband and I joined others to protest the intervention. There weren’t many people there and most appeared to be of Middle Eastern descent. I was sad to see the poor turnout but was glad to be among others who shared my concern–even if their worries seemed grounded in experiences that were foreign to mine. Same thing held true with Bush II. I was disappointed with the numbers but always glad to add my presence to the small crowd that was gathered. After Trump, the numbers skyrocketed. So many Americans were appalled by his election. In the first year of his mandate, I must have attended 6 or 7 overflowing protests addressing issues from Climate Change, to Trump’s Mid-Eastern travel ban, to the Women’s March… It was encouraging to say the least. I’m not the idealist that my parents were. I walk to throw my minuscule voice and presence to the assembled crowd. Whether our efforts are felt or not is often unclear but what’s important to me is being with other human beings who share my values, being outside and breathing fresh air together, away from our possessions and neighborhoods that too often define us. There’s an unspoken brother/sisterhood between those assembled.

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  2. Very inspiring, Shira. I’ve always loved to walk but I’m not great at running, and although there seem to be many running-related charity events, there aren’t that many that involve walking, although I took part in some when I lived in the UK, in aid of a local cancer hospital. Here, in Barcelona, it’s possible to join an initiative called Barnatresc, whereby you get a card and you are invited to participate in organised walks once a month (around 10 km). Each one of the neighbourhoods/districts of Barcelona organises one (normally one of their walking associations), and it is a great way to discover new places and to walk together with total strangers who share the same interests. You have people of all ages, whole families… They have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 and lockdown (there was one again in September but the October one, to coincide with the international walk here in Barcelona had to be cancelled once more), but I hope we would be able to join again. It’s a great way to encourage people to exercise, to walk, and to promote a greener way to move around the city.

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    1. Thank you, Olga.

      Barnatresc sounds like a very nice way of building community while seeing the city, district by district. Are there signs or any sort of information on the history of each neighborhood/district as you walk?
      Many cities, like Washington, DC, have been puttin together local history walking trails, but we have a long way to go yet.

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  3. I walk because it helps me get through what is on my mind. When my living arrangement makes it possible or requires it, I walk to get where I need to go. The walking-for-mental-health relief is complicated because now the most common spot where I walk is strongly associated with grieving one of my favorite professors, because I walked there a lot after she died.

    Writing this out reminded me that about a year ago, I was having some pains that made it hard to walk, and it made me slightly miserable. Now I don’t have that pain, so I should probably take advantage and go for some more walks. In fact, I’ll go for one in a few minutes.

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