And a stranger shalt thou not oppress; for ye know the heart of a stranger, seeing ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.
The story of Exodus is broadly considered a tale of hope- an oppressed people escapes slavery, bound for freedom in the promised land. The story resonates with suffering people everywhere.
The story’s lessons are timeless and bittersweet. In our own country, Black Americans were inspired by Exodus to flee slavery. In ancient Egypt, Pharaoh ignored repeated chances to liberate the Jews, unleashing suffering on his own people as a result. In the same way, societies around the world, including our own, diminish themselves by oppressing others. How much richer would we be if we honored the worth of all people, cherishing those of every color, ethnicity, gender, class, and sexual orientation?
The astonishing diversity of our incoming interns exemplifies our residency’s commitment to welcoming everyone. Our interns come from all over the globe, representing a rich array of ethnicities, religions, and interests. They will enrich us in unique ways, teaching us new lessons, sharing fresh ideas, and pushing us to reimagine what a physician looks like. Their diversity will make us stronger, more vibrant, more creative, and more expansive in our views and dreams.
This Sunday’s Program Director’s Note continues an annual tradition where we invite the new interns to introduce themselves (see attached). Please take time today to meet them, to study their names and faces, and to learn about their hometowns, hobbies, favorite foods, activities, and goals. It’s a joy to welcome them, as they travel to New Haven to start new lives in their new home.
Enjoy your Sunday, everyone, and Happy Passover to all who celebrate,