9 Activist March Signs to Reflect Your Jewish Values
When Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel returned from the south after marching from Selma to Montgomery, AL, with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., he was asked if he had had time to pray while he was away. “I prayed with my feet,” Rabbi Heschel responded.
This Shabbat, thousands of Reform Jews, led by the young leaders in NFTY: The Reform Jewish Youth Movement, will pray with their feet in marches and rallies in Washington, D.C., and other cities across the U.S., urging Congress to take action for gun violence prevention. (Learn more about their efforts and plan to join them.)
When these committed, hard-working young people (and the adults who will accompany them) raise their voices, they also will raise their signs, demanding that our lawmakers act immediately to end gun violence in America.
With thanks to Rabbi Max Miller at Temple Emanu-El in Atlanta, GA, for sharing many of these, here are nine ideas to ensure your signs – like your voices – reflect your Jewish values:
- Anyone who destroys a life is considered to have destroyed an entire world; and anyone who saves a life is like saving an entire world. (Mishnah Sanhedrin 4:5)
- Nation shall not take up sword against nation. (Isaiah 2:4)
- Love your neighbor as yourself. (Leviticus 19:18)
- You shall not stand idly by the blood of your neighbor. (Leviticus 19:16)
- Do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God. (Micah 6:8)
- Tzedek, tzedek tirdof – Justice, justice you shall pursue! (Deuteronomy 16:20)
- A righteous person falls down seven times and gets up! (Proverbs 24:16)
- I don't speak because I have the power to speak; I speak because I don't have the power to remain silent. (Rabbi A.Y. Kook)
- If I am not for me, who is for me; and if I am (only) for myself, what am I. And if not now, when? (Hillel, Pirkei Avot, 1:14)
If you’d rather use a pre-made sign, try these printable templates from the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, designed specifically for this weekend’s March for Our Lives events.
Learn more about NFTY’s gun violence prevention efforts by visiting www.nfty.org/gvp.