General, Justice in Israel, Justice in Israel-Negev Bedouin, Occupied Territories

HaArakhim Hallalu– The Values With Which We Must Light Our World

No Comments 22 December 2014

As an NGO, RHR cannot endorse any political candidate or party over another. But what we can do is remind folks who are voting to bring our values with them into the voting booth. 

In this post originally posted on his blog on The Times of Israel site, Rabbi Ascherman wonders what kind a society will we choose to be. With elections coming in March, now is the time for all of us to recommit ourselves to our Jewish values, and to ask questions of our leaders and candidates so that we may vote in a way that honors those values.

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General, Legal Work, Occupied Territories, Press Releases

PRESS RELEASE: Rabbinical Hanukah lighting against home demolitions

No Comments 21 December 2014


Tomorrow, in solidarity with Palestinians against administrative home demolitions, a group of rabbis from Rabbis for Human Rights will light the Hanukkah candles on the rubble of a demolished Palestinian home in the south Hebron Hills. Continue Reading

Legal Work, Occupied Territories

Same story over and over: Army forces farmer to wait until the 11th hour to plow

No Comments 19 December 2014

For years settlers from the Eish Kodesh and Akhia outposts had been expanding the “red zone” where Palestinians enter their own land at their own peril. Despite this, in 2012, our legal department was able to return Fawzi Ibrahim of the Palestinian village Jalud back to most of his land. Unfortunately, the situation is still uneccessarily difficult and reminiscent of a Kafka story for Fawzi everytime he needs to access this own lands, which is at least twice a year. Continue Reading

General, Justice in Israel, Justice in Israel-Negev Bedouin, Legal Work, Occupied Territories, Parasha / E-Letter

On Mountains, Caves and Empowerment: Hanukah Thoughts 5775

No Comments 16 December 2014

Hanukah Thoughts 5775

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Weekly parasha: Joseph, a man of action

No Comments 15 December 2014

In Parashat Miketz, Rabbi Sigal Asher explores the concept of fate and free will,  urging us all to be like Joseph, a man of action, who understands that personal responsibility acts in synchronicity with that which is already foreseen.    Continue Reading

Field Reports, Legal Work, Occupied Territories

Field Report: RHR’s 2014 Olive Harvest

No Comments 14 December 2014

Every fall, Rabbis for Human Rights brings hundreds of volunteers to work side-by-side with Palestinian farmers during our Olive Harvest campaign. Our presence provides protection against possible settler intimidation, enables farmers to pick within the limited number of days that they can safely do so, and has also become an act of solidarity between Israeli Jews and Palestinians. As the fall 2014 harvest season comes to a close, Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann,director of RHR’s Department of Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, updates us on how it went. Continue Reading

Legal Work, Occupied Territories

The question we haven’t asked about Ziad Abu Ein

No Comments 13 December 2014

On Wednesday December 10th, senior Palestinian official Ziad Abu Ein died during a tree planting for International Human Rights Day in the Occupied Territories. It is currently not clear if he died from cardiac arrest brought on  by the stress of a confrontation with Israeli authorities present at the event, of if he was killed from inhaling tear gas and being struck by an Israeli soldier. Many questions surround the incident, but there is another that must also be asked:  Why where the Israeli authorities were present in the first place?   Continue Reading

Parasha / E-Letter

Joseph and Gender Complexity

No Comments 09 December 2014

In Parashat Vayeishev, Dr. Rabbi Dalia Marx examines the fascinating story of Joseph and Potiphar. From the midrash to the modern day, this story, full of gender complexity and role reversal,  has captured the attention of rabbis, poets and artists alike. What can the way our sages looked at this ancient story of royal intrigue teach us today about human sexuality, power, and the spectrum of human diversity.

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Weekly parasha: Is Reconciliation Between Brothers Possible?

2 Comments 03 December 2014

In Parashat Va’yishlach, Rabbi Dr. Ron Kronish examines rivalry and reconciliation in Genesis, focusing on the story of Jacob and Esau, which leaves many questions unanswered. How do these same Biblical conflicts play out in modern days, and how can we move from the mere co-existence (living separately and without conflict) towards true  reconciliation, compassion and love?  Continue Reading


Lesson Plan: The Temple Mount, Holiness, and Holy Places

No Comments 03 December 2014

The issue of ascending  the Temple Mount is a major  public “hot-button”  discussion today in Israel and in the Muslim world. Education Director of Rabbis for Human Rights, Rabbi Nava Hefetz, has therefore composed a lesson plan consisting of a number of Jewish and Israeli sources relating to this issue and the related topics of “holiness” and “holy places.” We encourage rabbis and other Jewish educators to utilize these texts and discussion questions in order to delve deeply into and then grapple with these complex questions. Continue Reading

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