Parasha / E-Letter

Weekly parasha: Pursuing unity and harmony within Justice

No 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 executer, as well as between the material world and the unseen world. Continue Reading

General, Occupied Territories, Reflections from RHR Rabbis & Staff

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

No 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 coincided with the announcing of a new ceasefire agreement between Hamas and Israel, effectively (hopefully) ending  Operation Protective Edge in the Gaza Strip.  Continue Reading

Parasha / E-Letter

Weekly parasha: Its ways are ways of pleasantness

No 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. Continue Reading

Reflections from RHR Rabbis & Staff

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

1 Comment 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. Continue Reading

Occupied Territories, Reflections from RHR Rabbis & Staff

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

No 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.

Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann at the Tag Meir demonstration against vengeance and violence in Jerusalem

Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann at the Tag Meir demonstration against vengeance and violence in Jerusalem following the revenge murder of 16 year old Muhammad Abu Khdeir

 

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 ceasefire. I am relieved to have my son back and to see that we are talking instead of shooting, and pray that this latest round of negotiations succeeds in bringing us stability and progress towards peace.

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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: Continue Reading

Justice in Israel, Reflections from RHR Rabbis & Staff

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

No 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?

Sharon GuarihnI sraelSocialTV

Sharon Guarihn: “Security is not just about national security, it’s about economic security…”

By: Rabbi Idit Lev

The Committee to Fight Poverty (Alaluf Committee) recommended allocating NIS 8 billion Shekels (about 2.3 billon USD) to go towards poverty, in particular for housing aid and increasing of social welfare. This could reduce the poverty rate by ten percent in five years. Meanwhile it seems that economic and military rehabilitation following the Protective Edge operation in Gaza will push aside implementing these recommendations. And who pays the price?  The citizens living in poverty, of course. Listen to Sharon Guarihn’s call, a citizen of Hadera with a monthly salary of 2200 Shekels (634 USD):

“Security is not just about national security, it’s about economic security, and it’s starting to be about nutritional security, basic security of kids who don’t have it; they don’t have after-school activities or a proper school to go to. How can we live like this? This is not economic welfare or security. My boy is afraid that tomorrow they’ll throw him out of his home because we can’t afford rent. Wake up people, wake up!”

Report by Israel Social TV featuring Rabbi Idit Lev and Rabbi Sigal Asher of RHR’s Rights Center in Hadera [Hebrew]

 

RHR’s response to the findings of the Alaluf Committee

All posts from our Socioeconomic Justice in Israel Department

Occupied Territories, Reflections from RHR Rabbis & Staff

Human rights organizations and Gaza: Breaking down the myths

No 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 in this mess. We cannot speak for all human rights organizations, only for Rabbis for Human Rights, though we believe that a significant portion of what is written here reflects, to a large extent, the positions of many organizations as well as the spirit of international humanitarian law. International humanitarian law coincidentally or not so coincidentally overlaps important Jewish principles, and principles of common sense,  facilitating a smart balance between security needs/military considerations and concern for the civilian population on the other side. Continue Reading

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. Continue Reading

General, Parasha / E-Letter

Weekly parasha: Examining the Birkat Hamazon

No 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. Continue Reading

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