Meditation by Rabbi Cassi Kail of Temple Emanu-El in Utica, New York. Rabbi Kail has impressed with her work and compassion ever since her arrival in town. As a fellow young clergy-person in central New York, I salute this rising star!
This afternoon I was honored to speak at an event on immigration reform put together by Nuns on the Bus. There immigrants, clergy, and advocates of reform spoke to an interfaith audience. These are the words I delivered:
I am an immigrant.
Sure, I was born in the US. My parents were born in the US. Even my grandparents were born in the US, and my grandfathers were both Army vets.
Yet, I am an immigrant.
Why? Because we are all immigrants. Almost all of us have ancestors who came to the land of America in search of something—be it opportunity, equality, or to run from persecution.
I am an immigrant, just like my ancestors were immigrants—from Abraham who left his home in search of his Promised Land, to my great-grandparents who came to America in search of opportunity and a land without persecution.
And I wonder if I would…
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