Clone of Jewish Perspectives on Immigrants and Immigration

 

GENESIS 12:1-4 The Eternal said to Abram, "Go forth from your land and from your birthplace and from the house of your father to the land that I will show you, and I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you, and I will expand your name, and it will be a blessing, and I will bless those that bless you, and I will curse those that curse you, and all the families of the world will be blessed in you."  Abram went when the Eternal spoke to him.


 LEVITICUS 19:33-34 When a stranger resides with you in your land, you shall not wrong them. The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as one of your citizens; you shall love the stranger as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I the LORD am your God.


NUMBERS 15:14-16  If, throughout the ages, a /ger/ has taken up residence with you or who lives among you…. There shall be one law for you and for the resident /ger/; it shall be a law for all time throughout the ages. You and the /ger/ shall be alike before God; the same ritual and the same rule shall apply to you and to the /ger /who resides among you.


PSALMS 39:13  Hear my prayer, O Lord; give ear to my cry; do not disregard my tears; for like all my forebears I am a stranger, resident with You.


EZEKIEL 47:13, 21-23  Thus said the Lord God: These shall be the boundaries of the land that you shall allot to the twelve tribes of Israel, Joseph receiving two portions. . . This land you shall divide for yourselves among the tribes of Israel. You shall allot it as an inheritance for yourselves and for the /gerim /who reside among you, who have begotten children among you. You shall treat them as Israelite citizens; they shall receive allotments along with you among the tribes of Israel. You shall give the /ger/ an allotment within the tribe where s/he resides, declares the Lord God.


 YALKUT SHIMONI, GENESIS 1:13 God gathered the dust [of the first human] from the four corners of the world - red, black, white and green. Red is the blood, black is the inards and green for the body. Why from the four corners of the earth? So that if one comes from the east to the west and arrives arrives at the end of his life as he nears departing from the world, it will not be said to him, "This land is not the dust of your body, it's of mine. Go back to where you were created." Rather, every place that a person walks, from there she was created and from there she will return."


EMMANUEL LEVINAS, NINE TALMUDIC READINGS, " TOWARD THE OTHER," P. 27 To punish children for the faults of their parents is less dreadful than to tolerate impunity when the stranger is injured. Let passersby know this: in Israel, princes die a horrible death because strangers were injured by the sovereign. The respect for the stranger and the sanctification of the name of the Eternal are strangely equivalent.