False perceptions of refugees mask the reality: Refugees want to start a new life in a place where they feel safe. Most of them want the same things out of life that we want: to be safe, healthy,http://www.un.org/en/events/refugeeday and happy.
Even in the face of obstacles, we are obligated – both because we accepted God’s commandment to welcome the stranger and because we faced challenges on our journey to the Promised Land – to continue fighting to welcome the stranger.
The Eternal One spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying: "This is the ritual law that the Eternal has commanded: Instruct the Israelite people to bring you a red cow without blemish, in which there is no defect and on which no yoke has been laid." - Numbers 19:1-2