I think these questions are especially important at a time like this, when so many people are stressed, so many are in need. Is the undocumented worker who is out of work, whose children are hungry but who is ineligible for assistance my neighbor? I think so. I just mailed a small amount of money to a woman who is buying grocery store gift cards to help them out. (And, let's be clear here, unless they are living under a bridge, paid cash under the table and only acquire what they need out of dumpsters, the undocumented do pay taxes, including income and FICA taxes.) Who else is my neighbor? Is it the stranger? Judaism has a strong emphasis on welcoming the stranger because Jews were once strangers in
Egypt. Is it the homeless person sleeping on the street?
What do you think about all this?
The first photograph is by Park Dasol and the second is by Nina Strehl. I found them on unsplash.com. The third image is from my book, Opening the Heart: Meditations on How to Be. Please click here if you would like to know more about me, my services and my book.