immigration

Dvar Torah

Compares Avrams emigration from Canaan to Egypt and links to current issues of immigration, poverty, and famine.

Source Sheet

This source sheet will be used in a variety of settings (Jewish, interfaith, and secular) to demonstrate the deep roots of immigrant justice in Jewish text and thought.
This collection of texts is meant to serve as the basis for a discussion about the role of the stranger in Jewish approaches to social justice.
The right of movement and equal treatment of immigrants.
Immigration is controversial in many countries, for the question is should we grant immigrants the same rights as citizens? Is it injustice to treat them any differently? As Jews, we have been immigrants in many places around the world and it is our duty to treat others, including immigrants, with fairness.
Immigration is controversial in many countries, for the question is should we grant immigrants the same rights as citizens? Is it injustice to treat them any differently? As Jews, we have been immigrants in many places around the world and it is our duty to treat others, including immigrants, as equals.
Immigration is controversial in many countries, for the question is should we grant immigrants the same rights as citizens? Is it injustice to treat them any differently? As Jews, we have been immigrants in many places around the world and it is our duty to treat others, including immigrants, as equals.
This source sheet will be used in a variety of settings (Jewish, interfaith, and secular) to demonstrate the deep roots of immigrant justice in Jewish text and thought.

Text

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Hear my prayer, O Lord; give ear to my cry; do not disregard my tears; for like all my forebears I am an alien, resident with You. [JPS translation]

יג) שִׁמְעָה תְפִלָּתִי יְקֹוָק וְשַׁוְעָתִי הַאֲזִינָה אֶל דִּמְעָתִי אַל תֶּחֱרַשׁ כִּי גֵר אָנֹכִי עִמָּךְ תּוֹשָׁב כְּכָל אֲבוֹתָי

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Immigration was a difficult time in my family's history and there wasn't much room for pride. It feels vulnerable to write about the sacrifices one's family has made even during immigration. My grandmother, who was a well-regarded high school teacher in Belarus, found work sewing in a factory. My grandfather, a highly educated man and a mining engineer worked as (though it's tempting to say "became") a hotel janitor. My aunt, a highly trained music teacher, cleaned houses. My father, a computer programmer, worked at house construction sites briefly.

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