"When a proselyte comes to be converted, one receives
him with an open hand so as to bring him under the wings of the Divine
| (Leviticus Rabbah 2:9)
"Dearer to God than all of the Israelites who stood at
Mount Sinai is the convert. Had the Israelites not witnessed the
lightning, thunder, and quaking mountain, and had they not heard the
sounds of the shofar, they would not have accepted the Torah. But the
convert, who did not see or hear any of these things, surrendered to
God and accepted the yoke of heaven. Can anyone be dearer to God than
such a person?"
| Tanhuma (ed. Buber),
Lekh Lekha 6:32
"Beloved are proselytes by God, for the Bible everywhere uses the same epithet of them as of Israel"
| (Talmud, Gerim 4:3)
"Wherever you go, I will go. Wherever you lodge, I will
lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God. Where you
die, I will die, and there I will be buried"
| Ruth, a Moabite and the
great-grandmother of King David,
who chose to convert to Judaism.
"You shall love the convert"
| (Deuteronomy 10:19)
"You must understand the feelings of the convert."
| (Exodus 23:9)
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