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Purim Thoughts 5775: There is meaning in absurdity

No Comments 04 March 2015

With elections just two weeks away, Rabbi Ascherman, president and senior rabbi of RHR, shares his thoughts on Purim and the importance of knowing the difference between wrong and right. Continue Reading

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From El Arakib to Beit Shean: Standing Idly by while the powerless are oppressed

No Comments 26 February 2015

As Israel prepares to go to the voting booth on March 17th 2015, RHR is running a series of features encouraging citizens to vote and reminding them  to bring the values of human rights work and the honoring of God’s Image along with them into the voting booth. This post was originally featured on the Rabbi Ascherman’s Times of Israel blog.

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WATCH LIVE: Candidates discuss poverty, public housing, direct employment and more.

No Comments 25 February 2015

WATCH LIVE (Feb 25th 17:30): Social justice conference with political candidates discussing poverty, public housing, direct employment and more.

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Mark your calendars: Upcoming social justice/public housing conferences

No Comments 12 February 2015

In the coming month, there will be three socio-economic justice/public housing events. We urge you to attend. Continue Reading

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Student Study Tour February 20th: The face of Israeli poverty

No Comments 11 February 2015

Rabbinical, cantorial, education and other international students, please join RHR on February 20th for a study tour to RHR’s socio-economic center in Hadera to learn about poverty in Israel. Continue Reading

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Wednesday: Tu B’Shevat social justice seder

No Comments 02 February 2015

Please join Rabbis for Human Rights this Wednesday at 15:30 at the Maarbarah (Rehov HaShomer 7, Katamonim, Jerusalem) for a social justice seder. With fruits and wine we will meditate together on the connection between the Tu B’Shvat, the seasons of the year, shmita, and cycles of activism in our lives.

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If you would also like to join us for a tree planting in a Palestinian village, please click here

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Weekly Torah Portion: What makes a good leader?

No Comments 06 January 2015

In Parashat Shmot, Rabbi Idit Lev examines Moses, one of our people’s greatest leaders, and asks what we should remember from his story as we prepare to enter the voting booth. Continue Reading

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In letter to Attorney General, RHR demands illegal sale of public housing apartments stop

No Comments 05 January 2015

On Thursday January 1 2015, Rabbis for Human Rights along with the Public Housing Forum sent a letter to the legal advisor of Israel’s government demanding that, in addition to an investigation of how it happened, the sale of public housing apartments to party affliates of Building Minister Uri Ariel (Jewish Home) be stopped. While thousands of citizens wait years for public housing apartments, these apartments were sold at prices substantially below market value, often to religious institutions.

UPDATE: On the morning of Sunday, January 4th, the Ministry announced the sales are being stopped.

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Below is the letter sent by RHR:

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View the letter as a pdf

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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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On Mountains, Caves and Empowerment: Hanukah Thoughts 5775

No Comments 16 December 2014

Hanukah Thoughts 5775

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