Rabbi Avi Weinstein

Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” Speech in Talmudic Format

In Uncategorized on January 15, 2010 at 9:57 am

I have always been a fan of this speech.  It is just a masterful piece of rhetoric. Poignant, succinct and passionately rendered, one cannot help but notice the pervasive influence of the Hebrew Bible on Dr. King’s thinking.  I thought it would be interesting to create a “dialogue” between Dr. King’s Biblical quotations and rabbinic understandings of the same verses.  The final flourish was to layout the document in the format of a Talmud page.  In this case, however, Dr. King becomes the “Gemara” and the “Gemara” becomes the commentary. I put this together years ago for Hillel, but it still seems to have a shelf life in some circles.  Call it a postmodern Talmudic document. Voila

  1. Avi,
    There is no link to the “gemarah” on Dr. King’s speech.
    Art Sapper

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