Thoughts & Ideas
Although converts are included in the commandment to love one’s fellow Jew, the Torah nevertheless numerous times, including in this weeks sedra, added an additional mitzvah to love the convert who is a stranger to his new environment. The Sefer Chinuch (The Book of Education composed in Middle-Age Spain which systematically discusses the 613 commandments of the Torah), broadens this commandment to include all strangers, such as a newcomer to a neighbourhood, a new student in a school, or a new employee.
Why was it necessary for this commandment to be added? When someone is in a new situation he feels insecure and uncomfortable. Just doing a small thing such as approaching him with a warm smile and asking him his name may help him in a big way. Although to the world you may be just one person, but to one person you may just be the world.