The Hebrew Scriptures were compiled around the time of the Babylonian exile, and at the time of the First Diaspora that followed, many many years after the actual events took place. The post-exilic Jews had special needs and concerns concerning their identity as the Chosen People.
In light of these issues, conduct an interview of a refugee or an immigrant to this country. It may be a parent, grandparent, gardener, housekeeper, a boarder, a friend…. I hope this interview helps you see the difficulties of being a stranger in a strange land.
I. Describe your interview in a one-page essay. Write about who you interviewed, names, where, when, how, location, why the person immigrated, problems faced during/after immigrating, how s/he overcame those problems, how did s/he succeed, what is her/his present status…. (10 points)
II. Then, answer the following questions (no short answers!!):
1 What did you think of the interview? In what way was it an “eye-opener” for you?
2 If you were in the speaker’s situation, how would you view your moving to a new country? Explain your feelings and emotions…
3 Would you miss your homeland and your experiences there? The family you left behind, your friends, your past experiences…??
4 What would have been the most difficult aspects of adjusting to life in a new place?
5 Would you feel a need to stay connected with your homeland? Why? Describe, explain…
6 How would you keep a sense of your identity from your old homeland while also identifying with the people from the new country? What tangible way would you do this?
7 Did you find a parallel between the speaker and the People of Israel in terms of migration to “something better”?
8 How are we all immigrants on this earth? Explain in a large paragraph.
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