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His memory is most definitely a blessing: Rabbi Ascherman on the passing of Leonard Fein z”l

1 Comment 18 August 2014

Last week, Leonard Fein z”l passed away at eighty years old. Leonard was a great Jewish American thinker, doer and writer whose influence on progressive Judaism will echo for years and years to come.  Rabbi Ascherman, president and senior rabbi of RHR, remembers him as a supportive, insightful and inspiring influence:

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Justice in Israel, Reflections from RHR Rabbis & Staff

Don’t let the most vulnerable of society pay for “Protective Edge”

0 Comments 18 August 2014

Operation Protective Edge cost Israel 4.3 billion, while  projected total cost has been estimated at NIS 8.5 billion. Who ends up really paying the price? Whose security is neglected over the cost of national security? By: Rabbi Idit Lev The Committee to Fight Poverty (Alaluf Committee) recommended allocating NIS 8 billion Shekels (about 2.3 billon [...]

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Human rights organizations and Gaza: Breaking down the myths

Occupied Territories, Reflections from RHR Rabbis & Staff

Human rights organizations and Gaza: Breaking down the myths

0 Comments 17 August 2014

There are many false myths regarding the positions of human rights organizations on the current operation in Gaza, as well as the ones which preceded it. These myths are disseminated by all sorts of organizations with the goal of undermining the legitimacy of human rights organizations in Israel. We thought we would make some order [...]

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Occupied Territories, Reflections from RHR Rabbis & Staff

Questioning not if the army is moral, but if the policy is moral

2 Comments 17 August 2014

As part of RHR’s effort to engage in a dialogue with the Israeli settler community, the following opinion piece on the IDF and morality will be published in a local print paper in the Israeli settlement Ariel shortly. Please continue to look  for additional pieces in this series alongside the responses by the settler communities themselves.

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General, Parasha / E-Letter

Weekly parasha: Examining the Birkat Hamazon

0 Comments 13 August 2014

In this week’s parasha, Rabbi Dalia Marx breaks down the Birkat Hamazon (grace said after meals), and shows us how hidden within the prayer is an important lesson on moderation and respect.

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General, Occupied Territories

Why we oppose Capital Punishment

0 Comments 07 August 2014

Capital punishment during peacetime was abolished by Israel in 1954. However, the use of the death penalty remains an option for particular crimes including genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, crimes against the Jewish people, and treason. Military Courts in the territories also have the option of its use. However,  historically the courts are very [...]

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Parasha / E-Letter, Reflections from RHR Rabbis & Staff

Weekly Parasha: Voicing the questions with which we all wrestle

0 Comments 06 August 2014

As the recent war in Gaza appears to draw to a close, Dr. Rabbi Edward Rettig gives voice in this week’s parasha to the painful question that so many of us have found ourselves grappling with during this difficult and painful summer.

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General, Reflections from RHR Rabbis & Staff

TISHA B’AV THOUGHTS IN A TIME OF WAR, by Rabbi Arik Ascherman

1 Comment 05 August 2014

by: Rabbi Arik Ascherman “From above God sent a fire Down into my bones God spread a net for my feet, God hurled me backward God has left me forlorn. In constant misery” (Lamentations 1:13)

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Reflections from RHR Rabbis & Staff

Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked?

0 Comments 03 August 2014

As part of Rabbis for Human Rights’ series  featuring the reflections, both human rights related and not,  of our staff and rabbis during Operation Protective Shield, Rabbi Moshe Yehudai composed this unusual text entitled “A hallucination.” It should be noted that the writing of this piece fell during the Jewish mourning season known as the Three Weeks.

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Occupied Territories, Reflections from RHR Rabbis & Staff

We simply cannot allow such ideas to pass our lips: A response to Rabbi Lior

2 Comments 03 August 2014

Last week Rabbi Dov Lior, Chief Rabbi of Kiryat Arba and Hebron, claimed that “erasing” the entire Gaza Strip in order to ensure the safety of Israel’s South is permissible by Jewish law. RHR Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann responds to his repulsive claims.

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