Salem Pearce is the Congregational Organizer at T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights and is in her final year at Hebrew College Rabbinical School. Previously, Salem worked in Washington, D.C., as a fundraiser for several nonprofits. A native Texan, she now lives in Brooklyn.
The Lubavitcher Rebbe says that eikev is a reminder to sanctify our everyday activities: This “lowly” part of our life is the foundation of our relationship with God, in the same way that the heel is the base upon which the entire body stands and moves. So, too, with the people among us upon whom society has trampled, the people we see every day: a moral accounting of our society is one that acknowledges that our relative privilege is built on the suffering of others.