Parasha / E-Letter

Weekly parasha: Confronting the copper serpent

No Comments 28 June 2017

In this week’s commentary to Parashat Hukkat, Rabbi Galia Sadan examines the mysterious story of the “copper snake.” How can this snake help us overcome the challenges and despair we face in our lives? Continue Reading


On the government’s recent decision on the agreement of the Western Wall & Giur

No Comments 27 June 2017

The government of Israel, in its recent decisions rescinding the agreement on the Kotel (Western Wall) and giur (conversion), raises concerns for us as a rabbinical human rights organization.

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Occupied Territories

Call to prosecute Breaking the Silence Spokesperson smacks of ideological persecution

No Comments 27 June 2017

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked’s call to prosecute Breaking the Silence spokesperson Dean Issacharoff is a cynical move that smacks of ideological persecution. Continue Reading

General, Justice in Israel

July 12 in Montreal: Meet with RHR’s social justice lawyer Becky Keshet!

No Comments 27 June 2017

Rabbis for Human Rights attorney Becky Keshet, who works on poverty and social justice in Israel, and has recently focused on issues of public housing before the High Court and in the Knesset, will be in Montreal briefly.  Canadian Friends of Rabbis for Human Rights (CFRHR) will be hosting her  on Wednesday, July 12th, at 10:00 a.m, and invite any interested folks in the area to join. Continue Reading

Field Reports, Occupied Territories

45 olive trees destroyed near Burin

2 Comments 25 June 2017

Today June 25 2017, 45 olive trees, aged around forty years old, were found destroyed near the Palestinian village of Burin, outside the Yitzhar settlement. The damage was done just adjacent to Route 60, the main road running through the West Bank. Graffiti reading “revenge” was also sprayed.

Ma’an News agency: Assailants destroy 45 olive trees and spray paint “revenge” on Palestinian land

On Saturday, 24 June, twelve olive trees were discovered destroyed in a grove belonging to the village of Turmus Ayya. A Palestinian  present documented a group of settlers who claimed to be connected to the crime and the arrival of the security forces while the settlers were still present. As far as we know, no one was detained for questioning. Rabbis for Human Rights will work to clarify the details of the incident.

Haaretz: Nine attacks by settlers have been caught on camera in two months. Zero have been indicted.

General, Occupied Territories

RHR intern on visiting the Jahalin Bedouin community of Khan al Akhmar

No Comments 22 June 2017

This month, Rabbis for Human Rights (RHR) intern David Knopf, a student at the University of Maryland, visited the Jahalin Bedouin village of Khan al Akhmar with a group of rabbis from RHR. Many structures, including a special ecologically built school which RHR helped to build, are currently under the threat of demolition by the Israeli forces. 

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General, Parasha / E-Letter

Weekly parasha: The miracle we really need

2 Comments 22 June 2017

In his Dvar Torah to Parashat Korach, Rabbi Jeremy Milgrom warns us of the immorality of collective punishment, and reminds us of our responsibility to pursue peace in a time when war and terrible suffering seem to be lurking just around the corner.  Continue Reading

General, Justice in Israel

Missing Yemenite children affair demands serious investigation

No Comments 20 June 2017

A number of recent revelations regarding the Yemenite children affair paint a bleak picture that demands serious investigation. Many testimonies and evidence from people within the establishmenant at that time support claims of the wide-spread, inappropriate removal of children, especially those of Yemenite origin, from their parents most notably during the early years of the state. Continue Reading

General, Press Releases

Violence at Yitzhar another example of discriminatory security policy

No Comments 19 June 2017


Violence against soldiers at Yitzhar is another example of the regime’s discriminatory security policy.  A response by Rabbis for Human Rights:

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Parasha / E-Letter

Weekly parasha: The blind ones who see

2 Comments 15 June 2017

In his commentary to Parashat Shelach, Rabbi Dov (Dubi) Hayoun explores the concept of sight and seeing. Why is it so important that we always “see” one another?  Continue Reading

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