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Parashat Bereshit: S/He Who Spoke and Humanity Came to Be

0 Comments 10 October 2017

In his Dvar Torah to Parashat Bereshit, Dr. Shaiya Rothberg challenges us to think deeply and honestly about what it truly means to be humans created in the image of God.

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RHR’S HARVEST OF RIGHTS (“ASSIF”) FOR SUKKOT: POSITIVE TRENDS IN HUMAN RIGHTS FOR 5777

0 Comments 09 October 2017

Each year, Rabbis for Human Rights publishes a spiritual harvest (“assif”) for Sukkot. In this brief overview we present positive trends in the field of human rights and social justice in Israel over the past year (5777 according to the Hebrew calendar which corresponds to 2016-2017). In addition, we highlight the achievements of Rabbis for Human Rights.

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The hope that this year will be our final olive harvest

0 Comments 04 October 2017

When Israel’s High Court of Justice ruled in response to RHR’s 2006 petition that the army must intervene in order to allow Palestinian farmers to safely harvest their olives, we at Rabbis for Human Rights were jubilant and optimistic. We were certain we had brought this issue to a close and could now shift gears […]

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Sukkot 5778: The temporary dwellings of the world

1 Comment 01 October 2017

As Sukkot approaches, Rabbi Peretz Rodman reminds us of the universalistic nature of the festival. Sukkot reminds us of our own redemption from slavery and oppression, and whispers to us of a time when all humans on earth will be united together under God.

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RHR mourns the loss of Rabbi Joshua O. Haberman of blessed memory

0 Comments 28 September 2017

Rabbis for Human Rights shares its deepest sympathies with the family, friends, congregants and students of Rabbi Joshua O. Haberman, of blessed memory. Rabbi Haberman was a rabbi, a teacher, and a mentor to many people of many faiths. He was a father, husband, and grandfather.

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Yom Kippur 5778: Always pushing to do more

3 Comments 27 September 2017

In thinking about the activities of Rabbis for Human Rights and Yom Kippur, Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann answers the question of how we can cultivate appreciation for all people born in the Image of God. In these days when so many strive to hide the injustices of the occupation by silencing and delegitimizing our work and […]

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Parashat HaShavua for Shabbat Shuva: A Happy New Year Begins with Shopping

0 Comments 19 September 2017

Shabbat Shuva is the Shabbat that falls during the ten days of repentance separating Rosh Hashannah (the Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur. In his commentary, Rabbi Jeremy Milgrom reminds us how we must continue to seek strength not only from our own tradition, but also from the global community.

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May the New Year & Its Blessings Begin: “Little Sister” for a contemporary Israel

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May the New Year & Its Blessings Begin: “Little Sister” for a contemporary Israel

0 Comments 19 September 2017

Little Sister is a famous piyut (hymn) that opens the liturgy for Rosh Hashanah. It was written by the Kabbalist Rabbi Avraham Chazan of Girona in the 13th century. The piyut describes the suffering of the Jews in the Diaspora and ends each verse with the words: “May the year and its curses come to […]

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Rosh Hashana 5778: Desisting is just not an option

0 Comments 18 September 2017

“It is not your responsibility to finish the work, but you are not free to desist from it either.” – Rabbi Tarfon, Pirke Avot 2:21

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Accepting the gratitude of others: A moment of blessing at the Hadera Justice Center

0 Comments 18 September 2017

Gratitude is a basic Jewish value, and still it is not easy for us to accept it from others. This is especially true when those are individuals are those who turn to us at the Rabbis for Human Rights’ Hadera Rights Center.  When folks come and wish to thank us for the help they received navigating […]

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