The Talmud of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

MLK speech with Jewish texts surrounding in Talmudic form


In a synthesis of Jewish and MLK text study, this resource uses the traditional Talmudic form to view MLK's speeches through the lens of Torah and Talmud wisdom. Use this resource to help students make sense of his words while simultaneously realizing the relevance and compatibility of Torah learning in a Civil Rights context. Furthermore, this resource helps students learn that by bringing diverse lenses together to study one subject, we can unearth a more nuanced and deeper understanding.

Sample image of MLK as Talmud

Talmud pages on the following subjects:

  • The requirement for broad involvement in the world in order to change our nation's values, to fight the forces that are destroying us, and to work for social change on a systemic level
  • The need to speak up and speak out, to act to make a difference
  • The importance of listening to and learning from others
  • The urgency of now

Torah commentaries are taken from the following sources:

  • Torah
  • Talmud
  • Rabbinic writings
  • Proverbs
  • Midrash

This resource was developed through a partnership between Repair the World and the JCC of Harlem, an initiative of the Marlene J. Meyerson JCC.



  • After School and Beyond
  • Congregational Learning
  • Day Schools and Yeshivas
  • Teen Engagement
  • Family Engagement