"Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility. For the person who is unwilling to grow up, the person who does not want to carry his own weight, this is a frightening prospect."
This quote by First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt, has fueled many American causes in recent history. It also echoes the Jewish understanding that with our redemption from slavery in Egypt, we, as Jews, are expected to rise to the call of Torah, to live up to the commandments that transformed a tribe of Israelites into the a nation of Jewish people, and seek out justice wherever we encounter its absence. As Jews, we are reminded of this charge at Passover, but as Americans we are also
reminded of this obligation when we remember the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His work, although it moved our nation forward by leaps and bounds regarding racial inequality and civil rights, is not yet complete.