Special needs adoption from a Jewish perspective.

Special needs adoption from a Jewish perspective.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Haftorah Beam - Kedoshim

Last year, this was the second half of a double parsha.  This year, it stands on its own.

The Torah portion includes several injunctions relating to inclusion and empathy for those with special needs;  the haftorah talks about our place among the nations of the world:

7 To Me, O Israelites, you are
Just like the Ethiopians
— declares the Lord —
True, I brought Israel up
From the land of Egypt,
But also the Philistines from Caphtor
And the Arameans from Kir.
Yes, we are "Chosen" for our peculiar mission, but we are reminded here that other nations are chosen, as well, each for their own purpose.  We are all children of G*d; each an individual, and each uniquely loved.

In the context of today's observance of Holocaust Remembrance Day, we learn that we must see all oppressed nations through the lens of our own history.  In G*d's eyes, we are all siblings, and must look after those who are suffering regardless of their origins.

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