MLK Haftarah: “Beyond Vietnam” Prophetic Passages by Cantor Abbe Lyons

[Hazzan Jack Kessler and Cantor Abbe Lyons are developing a new genre of Haftarot -- Prophetic readings for use on Shabbat morning prayer services -- that are in English, are chanted in Haftarah trope, and are prophetic words spoken or written by persons who may have been from a spiritual tradition other than Judaism, or may be in English translation from a Jewish Prophet or prophetic voice.  This particular Haftarah is woven by Cantor Abbe Lyons from passages of Dr. Martin Luther King's "Beyond Vietnam" speech of April 4,1967,exactly one year before he was killed. (Reb Arthur Waskow worked with Cantor Lyons to choose passages from the speech.) We suggest using it on the Shabbat of Martin Luther King Birthday weekend or a Shabbat close to April 4, the anniversary of Dr. King's death. Cantor Lyons  has set its English words to the traditional Haftarah melodies. This new Haftarah takes seven minutes to chant.]

Listen to Cantor Lyons' chant here.

Text for the Haftarah, with the musical trope marks, is here.


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