Parasha / E-Letter

Parashat Ki Tavo: Curses and Blessings

0 Comments 07 September 2017

As we approach the new Jewish year, Jews are commanded to go through a personal and public process of introspection and soul searching. In his commentary to Parashat Ki Tavo, Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann examines the behaviours we must work to avoid, both as individuals and as a society. By Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann “Blessing and curse” […]

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Occupied Territories

Early morning eviction of Palestinian family in Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah

0 Comments 05 September 2017

Last night (early morning September 5 2017), a large number of police forces entered the house of the Shamasneh family in Sheikh Jarrah and forcibly evicted the entire family from their homes.

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Parasha / E-Letter

Parashat Ki Tetzei: Gender, Justice & Human Rights

0 Comments 30 August 2017

In her commentary to Parashat Ki Tetzei, Rabbi Gail Diamond reviews what the Jewish texts and sages have to say about gender presentations and identity. How can these traditions help us become more aware of justice, human rights and gender?

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Parasha / E-Letter

Parashat Shoftim: The Eternal is the Inheritance

0 Comments 22 August 2017

In her commentary to Parashat Shoftim, Rabbi Dr. Dalia Marx explores the ways in which the Jewish people find peace and comfort in the inheritance of our language and traditions.

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General

After Charlottesville: Now more than ever: People, Torah, Struggle for Human Rights

0 Comments 21 August 2017

The following excerpt is from a new blog post by Rabbis for Human Rights’ Chair Rabbi Ed Rettig. 

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Update on the petition to stop legalisation of theft from non-Jews

Occupied Territories

Update on the petition to stop legalisation of theft from non-Jews

0 Comments 17 August 2017

Rabbis for Human Rights welcomes an interim injunction by the High Court of Israel on a petition submitted against the so-called Formalisation Law by Adalah, the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel; the Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Center; Al Mezan Center for Human Rights; Rabbis for Human Rights; and 17 Palestinian […]

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Parasha / E-Letter

Parashat Re’eh: Building on the Mitzvoth

0 Comments 14 August 2017

In this week’s dvar Torah to Parashat Re’eh, and Haftarah Isaiah 54:11-55:5, Rabbi Miri Gold encourages us to begin to take inventory as the new year arrives, and to once again commit ourselves to peace by building on the mitzvoth.

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General

Statement on terrorist attack and neo-Nazi gathering in Charlottesville, Virginia

0 Comments 14 August 2017

The terrorist attack and neo-Nazi gathering in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday are the culmination of a wave of violent and anti-Semitic racism in the United States. Rabbis for Human Rights stand in solidarity with all those who oppose racism and any manifestations of anti-Semitism. We condemn those who freely spread hatred, strengthening this violent and […]

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Parasha / E-Letter

Parashat Ekev: Overcoming the despair of vengeance

1 Comment 09 August 2017

This week’s Torah portion includes some disturbing material. In his commentary, Rabbi Jeremy Milgrom tackles how we, as people deeply concerned with human rights, must approach the vengeance and injustice written into Parashat Ekev. 

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General, Justice in Israel

Citizenship is a basic human right, not a gift of the state

0 Comments 08 August 2017

It must be plainly stated: Citizenship is a basic human right; it is not a gift for the state to revoke. We learned this week that Ala’a Ziwad, a resident of Umm al-Fahm who committed a terrorist attack in Gan Shmu’el injuring four Israeli civilians, will have his citizenship revoked.

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