“Love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt” (Deut. 10:19). In this moment, we seek to know the heart and feelings of those who are treated as “the other” today and dwell on what it means to love them.

Take a moment to think about what it means to have to leave your home and family behind, what it means to escape violence only to be turned away from our borders, what it means to be suddenly detained and separated from your family. Ask a few people to share real stories of immigration, exile, deportation or seeking refuge. These can be personal, or from a text.

Then pose these questions:

What can we do?

What can we ask of our elected officials?

What are the real moment-to-moment ways we can help?

Close the discussion with a moment of silence. Remember the victims of violence and hatred in Syria and closer to home.

haggadah Section: -- Exodus Story