The Stranger: Litmus Test of Society

“From Abraham to Ruth, from the Exodus stories to countless laws of interpersonal aid…to the social criticism of the prophets, there is no person of greater concern in the Bible than the stranger…whose treatment by us is ultimately a litmus test of whether we and our culture have succeeded or not in the eyes of God, and whose experience is essentially a yardstick of our moral stature.

If we love the stranger, protect him and see to his needs, then our society passes a kind of Divine test, and we also have the emotional and spiritual fulfillment of identifying with an echo of ourselves.”

Rabbi Marc Gopin

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