General

Some Israelis think human rights are incompatible with Judaism. They’re wrong

No Comments 17 November 2017

We must reject the false choice between giving up on our traditions and accepting narrow, tribal, and racist interpretations of Judaism.

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General, Parasha / E-Letter

Parashat Toldot: Brothers together & apart

No Comments 16 November 2017

In his dvar Torah to Parashat Toldot, Rabbi Shmuel Reuven Shaish explores the rocky relationship between Jacob and Esau, a dynamic we see play out in numerous examples across history. Despite the divergence between the brothers, the Torah reminds us of the common source connecting us all.

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General, Occupied Territories

Understanding the Occupation: Theft via “Special Security Zones”

No Comments 15 November 2017

Extremist settlers use a variety of methods to steal land from Palestinians. One of the less talked-about methods is known by the acronym “shovam.” Continue Reading

Field Reports, General, Occupied Territories

3 Palestinians assaulted during army coordinated olive harvest

1 Comment 08 November 2017

3 Palestinians assaulted by Israeli extremists during army coordinated olive harvest, one lightly injured Continue Reading

General

Rabbi Idit Lev in the Bay Area this Thursday & Saturday!

No Comments 08 November 2017

Friends in California, do not miss these opportunities to hear Rabbi Idit Lev speak about Rabbis for Human Rights and her important work fighting for social justice in Israel! Rabbi Lev will be at Congregation Netivot Shalom in Berkeley this THURSDAY (November 9th) and with Congregation Kol Shofar in Tiburon on SATURDAY (November 11th)! All are welcome! Continue Reading

Field Reports, General, Occupied Territories

Settlers delay coordinated harvest work, threaten Palestinians

No Comments 06 November 2017

Despite the presence of Israeli security forces, settlers from the settlement of Yitzhar threatened Palestinians and delayed their harvest work — previously coordinated with the army — by 2.5 hours. One of the settlers threatened violence against Rabbis for Human Rights’ department director. Continue Reading

General

Rabbi Idit Lev in Philadelphia & central NJ areas this weekend!

No Comments 02 November 2017

Friends, do not miss these opportunities to hear Rabbi Idit Lev speak about Rabbis for Human Rights and her important work fighting for social justice in Israel! Rabbis Lev will be at Germantown Jewish Centre on Friday and Saturday in Philadelphia, and with the I.L. Peretz Secular Jewish School & Community on Sunday.  All are welcome!

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General, Parasha / E-Letter

Parashat Va’eira: The Aspiration for Justice & Righteousness in Abraham’s Legacy

1 Comment 02 November 2017

In Parashat Va’eira, Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann locates the first human rights activist in human history who strives to protect a vulnerable minority group in a society ruled by the wicked. Thousands of years later, the responsibility to do good continues to be a challenge we must be willing to take on. Continue Reading

General

LARGEST BANK IN ISRAEL WITHHOLDS FUNDS FROM RHR

No Comments 26 October 2017

Largest bank in Israel withholds funds from Rabbis for Human Rights, demands irrelevant form not required by law. For the full Haaretz article please see here or below.

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General, Parasha / E-Letter

Parashat Noach: The rainbow’s diversity of unity

No Comments 18 October 2017

In Raanan Mallek’s Dvar Torah to Parashat Noach, he draws not only from Jewish sources but also from the modern disciplines of physics and literature to make an appeal for religious tolerance.  Continue Reading

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