General, Occupied Territories, Reflections from RHR Rabbis & Staff

War and Humanity: Reflections by Rabbi Mauricio Balter

0 Comments 16 July 2014

Rabbi Mauricio Balter is a member of Rabbis for Human Rights and a resident of Israel’s south, where rocket fire is beginning to feel like a part of life.  He reflects on life under fire, and the importance of remembering we were all created in the Image of God.

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Field Reports, General, Occupied Territories

Field Report from the Occupied Territories: A Tragic, Worrying Time

0 Comments 15 July 2014

Summer is often a quite time for RHR’s Department of Human Rights in the Occupied Territories. Tragically, this summer has been anything but. Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann, director of the department, provides an update from the field between June and July of 2014. By: Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann It has been a tragic, worrying time as we [...]

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General, Parasha / E-Letter

Weekly parasha: Another word about revenge and vengefulness

0 Comments 15 July 2014

In this week’s parasha, Rabbi Shmuel Reinter explores the concept of revenge in the Torah, showing us that such things are only within the domain of God Himself.  For the rest of us, it is our responsibility to surpass our natural, vengeful desires and instead choose humility. 

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Rabbis for Human Rights statement on Operation Protective Edge

General, Occupied Territories, Press Releases

Rabbis for Human Rights statement on Operation Protective Edge

0 Comments 15 July 2014

“That be far from You to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked” On the Right to Self Defense and its Limitations Rabbis for Human Rights is guided by the paramount Jewish value of preserving every human life. We totally reject deliberate destruction and bloodshed. Judaism appreciates efforts to preserve life [...]

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General, Occupied Territories, Reflections from RHR Rabbis & Staff

Feelings from the front: Reflections by Yonatan Shefa

0 Comments 14 July 2014

Yonatan Shefa, RHR’s Assistant Director of Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, lives just a short walk away from where the burned body of Mohammad Abu Khdeir was discovered. Deeply shaken by recent events, in this op-ed originally published in the GuardianWitness, he reflects on the work that he does and what we can all do in [...]

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General, Parasha / E-Letter

Weekly Parasha: The Gift of Strength & Contradiction

0 Comments 10 July 2014

This week Rabbi Yehoshau Engelman offers a profound look at zealotry and peace, revealing to us the wholeness that only the truest of love can bring us, the loyalty and comfort that the dangerous passion of zealotry offers, and the final, ultimate gift of strength and contradiction that peace bestows. A fascinating, radical new read [...]

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On Belonging, Privilege and Racism: Reflections from Rabbi Avi Novis-Deutsch

General, Justice in Israel, Occupied Territories, Reflections from RHR Rabbis & Staff

On Belonging, Privilege and Racism: Reflections from Rabbi Avi Novis-Deutsch

0 Comments 10 July 2014

RHR member Rabbi Avi Novis-Deutsch meditates on the events of these last few weeks, and the dangers and privilege found sometimes lurking within the concept “belonging.”

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General, Occupied Territories, Reflections from RHR Rabbis & Staff

Despair Threatens to Burn All Hope: Reflections from Rabbi Prof. Yehoyada Amir

0 Comments 10 July 2014

A short reflection and prayer from RHR member  Rabbi Prof. Yehoyada Amir as Operation Protective Edge progresses and rage continues to burn throughout the land.

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General, Occupied Territories, Reflections from RHR Rabbis & Staff

To be Considered a Traitor under Hamas Fire: Reflections by RHR Director Ayala Levy

5 Comments 10 July 2014

Ayala Levy is a resident of Israel’s south and RHR’s Executive Director. She is also a mother to both young children and soldiers, and a former IDF officer and Israeli diplomat. Yet even under the fire of rockets, she is still forced to prove herself a patriot.

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General, Justice in Israel-Prawer, Occupied Territories, Reflections from RHR Rabbis & Staff

When Will the Messiah Come?- A Cry for our Beloved Country

1 Comment 10 July 2014

 As Israel  seems to plunge deeper into darkness, Rabbi Ascherman provides an update on a number of pressing issues in human rights in Israel and the occupied territories.

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