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When We Treat Strangers Kindly, We’re Deemed Ready for Peace

By Fred Guttman | December 6, 2019

In Jewish tradition, Elijah often appears in the guise of an old beggar. The legend says if we treat beggars kindly, the world is deemed ready for peace. Did Elijah visit us and we didn’t notice him? When will we be ready for peace?

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