One of my rabbis used to tell me that everything we say can be a prayer — and, more than that, everything we do is a prayer, too. And for that reason, all words are words of Torah — and, before you start to make a snarky joke, that means that we should try and make everything we say as brilliant and perceptive and worthy of Torah as it can possibly be.
And from that, it’s just one step (pardon the pun) until we make everything we wear part of Torah, too.
Rebecca Guber, director of the Six Points Fellowship, made these shoes (with the able assistance of O Captain My Captain here at MJL, Daniel Septimus). They originally appeared on Jewschool a few years ago. But it’s always good to keep in mind where we came from.
There’s no telling whose idea the shoes were originally. But imagine, every time you take three steps back or three steps forward, your shoes come together, and it’s like your very own Voltron experience. Maybe the Beatles song “Come Together” will be playing.
The only question is, if you wear these sneakers on Shabbat, does putting your heels together count as writing?