Exodus teaches us the baseline requirement: not to oppress the stranger. Leviticus magnifies the demand. And Deuteronomy raises the stakes even higher: Loving the stranger is a crucial form of 'walking in God's ways.'
This week's Torah portion (Ekev) opens with the call to listen to God's commandments and closes with an invitation to connect to the Divine by imitating, or "walking in," His ways. But what exactly are we to hear amid the laws?
Our forefather Jacob taught us that only by challenging evil and standing up for what is good, can peace be brought to the world. If we can learn from these achievements of the past, then we are likely to repeat them.