Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Monday, February 11, 2013
Monday, February 4, 2013
The point I made in the sermon was pretty simple. In the same way that those ancient Jews needed to be just in their treatment of the foreigners in their midst because they were once foreigners themselves, so too we Americans need to be just in our treatment of the eleven million undocumented immigrants in our midst. For we are, as John Kennedy said, a nation of immigrants. Indeed, it provided the title for his last book.
The issue has surfaced again in Washington. And while I believe strongly in the separation of church and state (or synagogue and state!) and therefore would be reluctant to suggest our representatives ought to read (or reread) the Book of Exodus before debating the immigration issue, I am inclined to suggest they read (or reread) Kennedy's book from over fifty years ago. At least the title page. For we are a nation of immigrants--and that reality must always inform what we say and do as we seek to make sense out of a badly broken system.
(Photo: Rabbi Selwyn Geller and Pastor John Danner preparing for their congregations' joint activities.)