The injunction to love the stranger became part of the Jewish faith because of the history of the Israelites in Egypt, says Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster, co-interim executive director, Rabbis for Human Rights -- North America. "Because we were strangers in the land of Egypt, we must protect the stranger," she says. "And we have to protect the stranger because we understand their heart." Today, she says, Muslims in the United States are being portrayed as a foreign presence with external loyalties. "As a Jewish community, we have an obligation to speak out with them, to stand with them, to show unity with those who are the strangers in our midst."