For me, history is about footsteps. Moving from one place to another. From one reality to another.
As Jews, our ancestors moved from slavery in Egypt toward freedom. They were not freed by standing still; they had to walk toward their redemption, one step at a time.
For those of us today who wish to make history, we too must walk.
Our job is to decide which footsteps we will take, where they will take us and how we want our lives to be when we get there. Will we advance our civilization toward justice or will we retreat into chaos? Will we move toward peace or toward war? Will we pursue a world built on freedom or will we allow the vulnerable to be enslaved and oppressed?
To me, the path is clear. And that is why I am joining hundreds of thousands of people, together with friends in the AJWS community, who are walking in the Women’s March in Washington, D.C. and New York. In partnership with people marching in hundreds of locations around the world this Saturday, we will put the new U.S. administration and Congress on notice that we are definitely walking toward justice.
Each Black History Month serves as an opportunity for me—A Black, Jewish, gay, American man—to celebrate the legacy of the changemakers who came before me, whose shoulders I stand on, and whose hard work allows…