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This morning in synagogue, as so many chose to #ShowUpForShabbat the Torah portion we read was Hayyei Sarah (The Life of Sarah). In it, when Sarah dies and Abraham seeks a burial site for her, he calls himself a Ger Toshav, a resident alien among the Hittites. 1/10
But the Hittites say to him, "Hear us, you are the elect of God among us." They reject Abraham's removal of himself from among them. They are telling him he belongs. 2/10
That reminded me of the famous letter from President George Washington to the Jewish community of Newport, Rhode Island in 1790. Not the oft-quoted passage of how the US government "gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance", but the following words: 3/10
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This weekend, if you're not Jewish, consider joining the #ShowUpForShabbat event as a gesture of solidarity with your Jewish neighbors. If you have kids, this is a great opportunity to talk about living in a multicultural society and teach about being a good guest.
NB: If you plan to attend, please contact the temple and ask if it's okay first. Also, here are some basic etiquette tips: reformjudaism.org/blog/2017/07/2…
Also, given that church services are usually Sunday mornings, if you haven't attended Jewish services before you might be assuming they're Saturday mornings. And there are Sat morning services, but for a lot of congregations the bigger services are Friday nights.
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