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It’s easy to be afraid of the stranger.

In fact, it’s perfectly natural.

And that’s exactly why the Torah commands us to embrace the stranger, to protect her and take her into our own home, to remember our own periods of vulnerability and to act with compassion when prudence would turn us away.

And so we read in the Talmud (Bava Metzia 59b): "

Rabbi Eleazar the Great said: Why does Torah warn 36 times—and some say 46 times—about [wronging] the stranger? Because wickedness is [part of] human nature."

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