General, Occupied Territories

Watering trees in Anata: A volunteer gives her impressions

0 Comments 09 September 2014

On Friday, September 5th, Rabbi Arik Ascherman and Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann took a group of volunteers to assist a farmer in watering his trees in the Palestinian village of Anata. Although the group was concerned that they would be given a hard time by local extremists, it ended up being a quiet morning. One of [...]

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Legal Work, Occupied Territories, Press Releases

Authorities demolish 9 structures in Khirbet Ar-Rahwa in the South Hebron Hills

0 Comments 07 September 2014

The following update on demolitions in Khirbet ar-Rahma comes Operation Dove, an Italian NGO that focuses on the South Hebron Hills. Khirbet ar-Rahma is a small and poor Palestinian village in Area C of the occupied territories. Since its location in Area C means it is under full Israeli control, the villagers are subjected to the [...]

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Parasha / E-Letter

Weekly parasha: Blotting out the doubt from within

0 Comments 02 September 2014

In Parashat Ki Tetzei, Yonatan Shefa urges us to see the Torah as a truly visionary piece of work, and calls our attention to a compelling new read on the curse of Amalek: is the Torah really commanding us to wipe out all his descendants, or is it actually  whispering for us to remember that [...]

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Refugees rights - UNHCR

We Want Education: Organizing classes for asylum seekers in the middle of the nowhere

2 Comments 31 August 2014

Sara Stern is the director of The Schoolhouse, an adult education program for African asylum seekers currently running programming out of Tel Aviv as well as Holot, the “open” detention facility in Israel’s Negev desert where thousands of asylum seekers are currently detained.  Although we object to the indeterminate detention of asylum seekers in Israel without [...]

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Parasha / E-Letter

Weekly parasha: Pursuing unity and harmony within Justice

0 Comments 27 August 2014

In Parashat Shoftim, Rabbi Mira Raz examines justice and law, showing us how in order to establish a legal system that fosters not only a society that is stable and ordered, but also a society where the individual is free to live a meaningful life, we must strive to  create balance between justice, legislator and [...]

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General, Occupied Territories, Reflections from RHR Rabbis & Staff

On Rosh Khodesh & the Ceasefire: A meditation to open ourselves to the power of Elul

0 Comments 26 August 2014

On Tuesday and Wednesday, August 26th and 27th,  we mark the new Jewish month of Elul, a month set apart from the others as a time of deep soul searching and repentance in preparation for the upcoming Jewish High Holidays. The marking of the new month, referred to as Rosh Khodesh Elul, this year has [...]

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Parasha / E-Letter

Weekly parasha: Its ways are ways of pleasantness

0 Comments 21 August 2014

In this week’s parasha, Rabbi Uri Regev considers the milieu of teachings existing in Judaism on assimilation, eventually resting confidently in Judaism’s ability to flourish and handle well the challenges it is presented with by virtue of its righteousness and goodness.

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Reflections from RHR Rabbis & Staff

My Enemies Are Fear, Hatred and Greed: By Rabbi Emma Sham-Ba Ayalon

3 Comments 20 August 2014

Rabbi Emma Sham-Ba Ayalon reflects on her recent experience in a week-long  intentional “peace camp” together with Israeli, Palestinian, and international activists, and explains how her participation moved her to respond to a message of war with a message of love.

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Gaza: Strive for peace and pursue it: By Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann

Occupied Territories, Reflections from RHR Rabbis & Staff

Gaza: Strive for peace and pursue it: By Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann

0 Comments 20 August 2014

Rabbi Yehiel Grenniman, director of our human rights in the occupied territories department, recently had his thoughts on the Gaza war published by CNN International.   From CNN.com: My son has recently been released from active reserve duty in the Israel Defense Forces in Gaza, and the two sides are again talking about a serious [...]

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General

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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