I wrote the following on Facebook:
[I hate] when people twist the verse about being strangers in Egypt. Strangers among ‘Am Yisra’el had to come into Yisra’el legally. As a high school professor reminded his class, hey were considered goyim, not gerim tzdukim, unless they underwent brit milah or otherwise converted to Judaism. When Rut’s husband died, she even had to make the vow to go with Na’omi to become a part of Israel, as did her to-be-mother-in-law Rachav to the spies who searched out Kena’an.
As for the men, they had to undergo brit milah to even eat of the Pesach lamb (as the professor noted).
What I should have and did not note is that the professor was a legal immigrant and naturalized citizen who went through the legal process; so. he knew both generally and specifically what he was saying. He wasn’t just parroting conservative, Christian talking points (I went to a traditional, gentile Christian high school. He was honestly one of the few gerim tzdukim and real Nazarenes there. I question whether the rest were grafted in, especially since quite a few of them despised Jews. So did their flagship church when the current pastor came in. Needless to say, I don’t go to that church anymore; and I do not look back at the school fondly. Anyway, back to the account of the rofeh tzedek…)
He was a legal immigrant from a war-torn Latin American country who came to the United States with his mother and her American husband (his American stepfather) when he was roughly of bar-mitzvah age. He went through the process of being naturalized, etc.. Some would say, “Wouldn’t he be a citizen by virtue of his American stepfather?” I would have to then say, “Not necessarily. There is a process through which the kids have to go.”
I thought about that question, by the way, in regards to Andrew Rusnak’s children (even though they were all born here. Remember that lying on documents for a legal immigrant is akin to illegal immigration.). After all, Great-Grandma could’ve really been born at Maltby, Swoyersville (So, then, was Great-Great-Granddad Rusnak actually being fully honest on that record after all? Maybe so.). Great-Great-Grandma Rusnak did have relatives there and move with her husband and child(ren?) there (I am unclear as to whether Great-Grandaunt Anna was born before or after they moved.) The Crabtree schtick was passed down through Grandaunt Mary Ann∗.
Anyway, back to the rofeh tzedek…
Notice that I’m not giving many identifying bits of information because it’s more his story to tell than mine. Besides, I’m relating his account only because I want to make the point that a legal immigrant who is a ger tzedek reminded everyone in his Spanish class, since the issue of immigration was raised, that illegal immigration is UnJewish (including UnNazarene. See, e.g., how Paul’s citizenship was used in Rome.). In addition, the rofeh lived out going through the American legal process and becoming an American citizen. Therefore, as I previously stated, he knew both generally and specifically what he was saying. He wasn’t just parroting conservative, Christian talking points (“conservative, Christian talking points”, of course, being the way that even some conservative Nazarenes deride sentiments against illegal immigration; as if being conservative and for legal immigration is bad.)
∗Mary Ann Elizabeth, by the way, and:
- the second daughter
- named for her aunt Mary Ann
- her mother Marysia “Mary” Elizabeth Rusnak Gaydos, and
- her mother’s paternal grandmother, Marysia “Maria” Novaková Rusznaková.
In addition, an in-law relative of Pepi Rusznaková Grinfeldová (z”l v’HY”D) told me that “Maria” was a common form of “Miriam” in Hungary (including Slovakian Hungary, and Slovakian Czechoslovakia.). Also, you can look it up for yourself if you don’t believe me (In fact, a UK-to-Lithuanian translation shows that. I added similar links fo), and even JewFAQ states that Jewish naming is open ended.
I have to say this because:
- Even JewFAQ buys into the bubbe meise that there are few to no Jews named “Mary.”
- There is a notorious troll who frequently comments on my blog to frequently pick on that I didn’t know that I am Jewish, was raised in a Crypto-Jewish family, etc..
- The troll would pick on me for the fact that I have relatives named “Mary”, “Maria”, etc. in my dad’s family, even if the Marys were not firstborn daughters.