Seeing the divine in the familiar

Mara Benjamin is the Irene Kaplan Leiwant Associate Professor and chair of Jewish studies at Mount Holyoke College.

As family separations at the United States border continue to raise alarm on the world stage, Mara Benjamin, Irene Kaplan Leiwant Associate Professor and chair of Jewish studies at Mount Holyoke College, reminded readers that in Jewish thinking, the parent-child relationship is a corollary to the relationship between humanity and God.

“Severing the tie between parents and children means cutting the cord that tethers human beings to our own humanity and to God,” she wrote in a recent article for The Times of Israel.

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