According to Jewish tradition, during the High Holy days, beginning with Rosh Hashana and ending with Yom Kippur, the gates of heaven stand open, and our access to the presence of God is at its fullest. 

While an extraordinary time for repentance and transformation it is also a time to recall Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel’s thoughts after marching from Selma to Montgomery with Dr. Martin Luther King. ”Legs are not lips and walking is not kneeling. And yet our legs uttered songs. Even without words, our march was worship.” 

When we pray with our feet
To participate in a Black Lives Matter protest
To register voters
To support and protect our transgender siblings under attack 
To demand justice for those who suffer and whose voices are rarely heard
God hears without any static 
The purity in our hearts 
And the desire to be aligned with God’s eternal’s divine being. 
The next time we wrap ourselves in tallitot* or unroll sajjādat*
Recite the Our Father, Hail Mary, or any sacred prayers
Let us remember 
These are preparations for the most sacred of all prayers
Those done with our feet

by Ariel Gold

* Jewish prayer shawls
** Muslim prayer rugs

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