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You Shall Not Oppress the Stranger

Rabbi Ariel gave the following speech at an interfaith press conference on January 27th. Sacred ancient scriptures of Judaism, shared by Islam and adopted by Christianity, proclaim no less than thirty-six times, “You shall not oppress the stranger. You know the feelings of the stranger, for you have been strangers yourself.” Sacred American scriptures are engraved on the Statue that stands in New York Harbor, a statue whose full name is Liberty Enlightening the World. “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” The Jewish community rejects the efforts of the Trump Administration to trick us into blaming our problems on helpless, stateless human beings who seek refuge with us. We condemn the banning of immigrants to our shores as immoral, as counterproductive, as […]

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Support In these Uncertain Times

To all who have contacted us to offer their support in these uncertain times, we are grateful.    To be a Jew in these times is to suddenly find oneself a threatened minority once again, in this great country that we have cherished since her borders were first opened to our people. They were refugees, friendless and frightened, and the people of the United States of America welcomed them. Now within a lifetime the old sense of fear reasserts itself. With your help, we will overcome it; we will return strength for strength, encouragement for encouragement. We will stand with you as you with us, and together we will reach out to all who feel threatened in these dark days. Each of us, alone, is vulnerable; we must not leave each other alone. Hazak, hazak, v’nit’hazek, let us be strong, and let us strengthen each other,

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