a gay black woman's discovery of her jewish self

Cross Posts from the Forward

Posted on: April 4, 2013

Inline image 1Remembering Dr. King

Had Dr. King lived he would be 84 today.

The connection between Dr. Martin Luther King and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel is one that I learned of during my conversion process. When only one month a year is given to Black History, certain events are sure to be left out. While my parents did an amazing job sharing their personal insights and memories of the Civil Rights movement, much of my learning happened while studying Black History in college. Still, it wasn’t until I started studying Judaism that I learned about the partnership between King and Heschel.

On April 4, 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King opened his “Beyond Vietnam” speech at Riverside Church in New York City by welcoming Rabbi Heschel.

Read more: http://blogs.forward.com/sisterhood-blog/#ixzz2PVQCWy3m


Passover, Easter and the Jehovah’s Witness at My Door

I’ve never given much thought to Jehovah’s Witnesses. I also have a knack for avoiding them on the streets of New York as easily as I can dodge canvassers in Union Square. I don’t open my door for them, and after dating an ex “Jdub” I was pretty sure they were a religious group I just couldn’t quite understand.

All that changed this past Saturday. I was waiting for deliveries from Fresh Direct, FedEx and USPS and, when the doorbell rang, I flew down the stairs and flung open the door expecting to see a courier. Instead, a girl about seven or eight years old reached into her purse and pulled out a pamphlet with an earnest looking, fair-skinned, long-haired drawing of Jesus on the cover below the words “Watch Tower.”

I’d opened the door for Witnesses.

“Hello,” she said, smiling. “We’d like to talk to you about our savior’s resurrection.”

Read more: http://blogs.forward.com/sisterhood-blog/173921/passover-easter-and-the-jehovah-s-witness-at-my/#ixzz2PVQn5cXO

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