In teaching us that we must love the stranger precisely because we were once strangers in the land of Egypt, the Torah illuminates an ethical truth: that our own powerful experiences of alienation can lead to deep senses of belonging and to a strong, diverse community. In Hebrew, the ger is both “stranger” and “convert.” The ger is twofold: the stranger who never “belongs” to the kinship group but whom one is obligated to treat with justice, and the convert who mystically, theologically, and legally “becomes” kin. I have been an outsider to Judaism, as a lesbian who was raised as a Roman Catholic, and I have been an insider, too, as an ordained rabbi who converted to Judaism officially in 2004. Judaism has been for me a source of a profound feeling of belonging, and I hope it can be for you, as well. All of us, for different reasons, have been both “stranger” and “convert,” both the outsider and the welcomed insider.