Judaism, Israel, and Refugees | a special lesson plan
Caring for the stranger lies at the heart of Jewish ethics, memory and soul. The mitzvah (imperative) to protect the stranger is repeated more than any other, as in last week’s Torah portion Mishpatim: “Do not oppress a stranger for you know the soul of the stranger, since you were strangers in the Land of Egypt.” (Exodus 23:9)
For BINA, the Jewish-democratic State of Israel must embrace the Jewish people AND Jewish values, including those that call upon us to welcome the stranger as well as take care of our own. These principles guide us in all the work that we do, from south Tel Aviv to across Israel and beyond
Explore this topic in this lesson plan which includes ancient and modern sources and guiding questions.