"You Were Strangers in Egypt": Passover and Sanctuary

Episode 10 · March 19th, 2018 · 22 mins 30 secs

About this Episode

On Passover, we retell our history as strangers and slaves in Egypt. What obligations flow from this memory? We speak with Rabbi Elliott Tepperman, whose congregation recently made a decision to serve as a sanctuary for undocumented immigrants. Join us as we discuss the Jewish values that moved his community to action.

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