Ruth the Refugee: Destitute, alone, and unwanted in Israel
The story we tell on Shavuot - of an undocumented foreign worker, an unasked-for and unwanted refugee - demands we confront our uglier inclinations, and stop turning our backs on refugees in Israel.
Instead of the rioting we saw about access to King David’s Tomb on Mt. Zion, just prior to the Pope’s visit, and whether there should be complementary or differential access for Jews and Christians, in the belief that will ‘determine’ whose Messiah will arrive, we should be thinking about David’s ancestor.
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