Rosh Hashanah Sermon 5780: Welcoming the Stranger

Rosh Hashanah Sermon 5780: Welcoming the Stranger

Written by Rabbi Robin Sparr and Jo Rothman. Delivered by Rabbi Robin Sparr. Throughout the Torah, beginning in Genesis, we find stories of migration. Adam and Eve, the very first couple, are cast out from the Garden of Eden; their son, Cain, after murdering his brother, is compelled to wander the earth. Fast forward twenty generations, and we meet Abraham, whose wanderings begin with a call from the Divine to leave everything he’s ever known behind and go to a new place. Throughout his life, he meanders all over the Middle East, sometimes at God’s command, sometimes in search of water....
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