The word גר is commonly translated convert. However, we are commanded to love the גר as we were גרים in Egypt. Exodus 22:21, ibid 23:9, Deuteronomy 10:18-19. How can the Jewish people be said to have converted to the Egyptian religion or way of life?

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    A literal definition of גר is 'stranger'. That's the definition used in that context. Jun 22, 2018 at 18:39
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    Perhaps "foreigner" is a better translation (per that context) as explained by Rashi in the first citation.
    – Oliver
    Jun 22, 2018 at 19:26
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    Yes but can we really darshen the same word used in the same pasuk has two separate meanings ? Jun 22, 2018 at 19:29
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    Who said it's a defined in two different manners in the same Pasuk? Why can't both instances of the word גר in the Pasuk refer to strager/foreigner? Jun 22, 2018 at 19:43
  • To elaborate on Salmononius2's point: The word may generically mean 'foreigner', and can therefore be used to describe a convert, who is a foreigner vis-a-vis the Jewish nation he is now joining
    – Jay
    Jun 22, 2018 at 19:52


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