ROR Stands with Ruth: Omer Week One

By Rabbi Karyn Kedar

This is the first in a series from Rabbis Organizing Rabbis connecting the Omer and the issue of immigration.

Slavery. The story of the Exodus from Egypt is universal and it is epic and it is an archetype that spans across the centuries. It is a deeply personal story. The Children of Israel stand at the edge of the wilderness and beckon us to become a part of a mixed multitude marching toward freedom. Their march, their courage and their doubt, touch our well-protected self, which tugs and pokes around our soul.

– Excerpt from Omer: A Counting by Rabbi Karyn D. Kedar

Over and over again, we are commanded to love the stranger in our midst. Because of our collective consciousness we know the plight of the stranger and we empathize with the fear and longing for roots and the tragedy of simply not belonging. As we enter into this seven-week counting of the Omer, let those who are invisible among us become visible to our hearts. Let us find a way to make our country compassionate, tolerant and a place where loving-kindness, chesed, is the law of the land. We stand with Ruth.

Rabbi Karyn Kedar is the senior rabbi of Congregation B’nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim in Deerfield, IL.

We stand with Ruth – and so you can you! How? 

This Shavuot, we recommit ourselves to working with the modern-day strangers among us. This Shavuot, we stand with Ruth.

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