From the moment Abraham set off on his journey – heeding God’s call to” Lech-Lecha/ Go Out” – the story of our people has been one of migrations. In the Bible, Abraham’s great-grandchildren moved to Egypt. After slavery and the Exodus, the Israelites wandered in the desert. After settling in the Promised Land, the Northern Kingdom was destroyed, the First Temple was destroyed and ultimately the Second Temple was destroyed.
Our ancestors went to Babylonia and North Africa. They made it eventually to the Mediterranean and on into Central and Eastern Europe. Of course, eventually, some of them came to this country. We have been strangers in many strange lands.
I believe very strongly that as Jews, we should be sensitive to the cause of immigration reform. Virtually every American Jewish family of European descent has a story of some relative who had difficulty getting into this country – or was denied entry into this country – during the years of the Holocaust.
So, I was thrilled to read this story about the pastors, priests and rabbis of Houston joining together to advocate for this important issue.