|Rabbi Lerner will lead a discussion on the topic Strangers in a Strange Land – Jewish Views on Immigration. During this Torah study, everyone will have an opportunity to share family stories of immigrating to the United States. Then we will review what the Torah says about how we should treat strangers among us. How do we apply these teachings and personal experiences to immigration issues we face today? ALL ARE WELCOME!
Please reflect on the following Torah references about being strangers in a strange land in preparation for this Torah Study.
[God] said to Abram, “Know now that your descendants shall be strangers in a land not theirs; they shall be enslaved and afflicted for four hundred years. (Genesis 15:13)
Eight Teachings from the Torah on Immigrants
Mishnah Pesachim 10:5 (and from the Haggadah)
Rambam, Hilkhot Chamez u’matzah 7:6
Rabbi Joseph Dov Soloveitchik, Festival of Freedom: Essays on Pesach and the Haggadah
The standard text reads, “In each generation, one is duty-bound lirot et atzmo, to consider himself, as if he had been delivered from Egyptian bondage.” Instead of the reflexive verb lirot et atzmo, signifying an inner experience, Maimonides substitutes the verb, l’harot et atzmo, to demonstrate, to behave in a manner manifesting the experience of finding liberty after having been enslaved for a long time.
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