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Welcoming the stranger

RABBI JOHN LINDER | Posted: Wednesday, September 28, 2016 10:00 am

I have a beautiful poster hanging in my office emblazoned with the words of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel. It reads, “A Jew is asked to take a leap of action, rather than a leap of faith.” The bold, prophetic voice in Judaism, surely echoed by Heschel, constantly reminds us that Jewish prayers and rituals, along with their spiritual nourishment, serve a greater purpose: they command Jews to act.

At a time when the rhetoric of fear and xenophobia dominate news headlines and the public square, our Temple Solel community is striving to serve as klei kodesh (sacred vessels), bringing holiness into the world. We had a wonderful opportunity to do so this recently as we welcomed our first refugee family to Phoenix.

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