Purim is on its way, and we are, indeed, living in topsy-turvy times. Our long-held tradition of welcoming victims of violence and persecution has been flipped on its head by the latest executive order barring refugees.
The Jewish community knows the grave potential danger of letting evil prevail over good. On Purim, we remember when Queen Esther took a stand against evil and reversed the plot of a wicked man who planned to persecute and annihilate the Jewish people. Her quiet diplomacy with the person closest to her ultimately changed the fate of the Jewish people.
Now more than ever, the Jewish community needs to #BeEsther and stand up to anti-refugee sentiment, bigotry and fear.
In addition to contacting our elected representatives, we also need to reach out to those closest to us to talk about the global refugee crisis and why the U.S. must continue its legacy of welcoming refugees.
This Purim, HIAS invites you to download the #BeEsther Guide to How to Talk About Refugees with Family and Friends. Use this guide as you commit to having at least one conversation with a family member, co-worker or friend on behalf of today’s refugees.
Queen Esther ultimately saved thousands of lives with just one conversation. Today, we have the power together to change hearts and minds and keep the doors of our country open.
Thank you for your partnership at this critical time,