I am an American citizen living in Vancouver, British Columbia, and serving a Canadian Reform congregation for the past six years. This juxtaposition of two increasingly disparate identities has given me a unique perspective on this week’s parashah, Chayei Sarah, and its introduction of the term ger toshav, “resident foreigner.”
In his reading of Chayei Sarah, Rabbi Moskovitz offers a powerful reminder of our obligation to the ger toshav, the “resident foreigner” in our midst. Since Abraham sought to establish his future in a new land, the Jewish people has had a long history of being gerim tosh’vim — outsiders, foreigners dwelling in new lands, transplants seeking a patch of earth to claim as our own. ... I am captivated by the path Abraham ans Sarah took to get there, leaving their home and venturing to an unknown land.