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If not for these immigrants- grandparents and great-grandparents to many of us-the Catholic Church in the United States would not be what it is today, some 25 percent of the population, and the largest single denomination.

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As an adult, he was an itinerant preacher with no home of his own. With all the controversy, emotion, and argument surrounding the issue of immigration in America, the Word of God reminds us to look beyond the debate and see the humanity—the human face—that is clouded by political drama. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

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And that anyone would want to display it? This is yet another discriminatory measure together with calls not to rent to Arabs and demands for loyalty oaths.

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Is it even legal to discriminate against any group in employment on the basis of race or religion? After all, Arab citizens are guaranteed freedom and equality by our Declaration of Independence. For centuries in pre-emancipation times Jews suffered under restrictions that were placed on them in regard to ways that they could make a living.

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They were prohibited from engaging in many trades and forced into such enterprises as money lending out of necessity. And in the Nazi era, among the first anti- Jewish laws that were passed in Germany and Italy were those forbidding the employment of Jews. They were forced out of universities, out of schools, out of orchestras, and their stores and businesses were boycotted.

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  7. Then there was the informal discrimination against Jews that existed even in England and the US, where it was difficult for Jews to be employed in banking and in certain law firms, as well as quota systems that kept Jews out of prestigious universities and medical schools. Do we now want to imitate that by encouraging businesses not to employ Arabs?

    Strangers in Our Midst: The Political Philosophy of Immigration

    The Torah is emphatic in emphasizing that these strangers must be treated well and fairly. The holiness code in Leviticus reiterates this and equates the stranger to the native, i. They were easy victims of economic exploitation, the deprivation of property, or denial of legal rights. Therefore the Torah provides for their protection and it is God who upholds their cause! We know and understand what that means and therefore should be ultra-sensitive to how we treat others. Israel has sufficient laws to protect us against traitors and enemies, internal as well as external.

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    The writer, former president of the International Rabbinical Assembly, was the founding director of the Schechter Rabbinical School. His latest book is Entering Torah. By Reuven Hammer. Share on facebook Share on twitter.

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