In an urgent letter sent to The Ministry of Defense the morning of July 18th 2014, eight Israeli human rights organization including RHR demand a procedure to evacuate the injured in the Gaza Strip.
Rabbi Nava Hefetz provides us with a moving account from her participation in the presentation ceremony of an honorary doctorate to Rabbi Arik Ascherman, President and Senior Rabbi of Rabbis for Human Rights. She expands on the way in which Rabbi Ascherman’s work has impacted her own work and filled her with hope.
Yonatan Shefa is Assistant Director to RHR’s Department of Human Rights in the Occupied Territories. Amidst the whirlpool of violence and racial tension threatening to swallow the Israelis and Palestinians this summer, he reflects on a truth whose knowledge can only lead to peace. Continue Reading
TUESDAY, JULY 22ND IS PUBLIC HOUSING DAY IN THE KNESSET. JOIN US FOR A SERIES OF COMMITTEE DISCUSSIONS ON PUBLIC HOUSING RELATED ISSUES, AND A PUBLIC HOUSING FORUM AT 2pm.
ADDITIONALLY, THE INTERIOR COMMITTEE WILL BE DISCUSSING RESERVATIONS ON THE HOUSING BILL ON THE VERY SAME DAY, STARTING AT 1:30 PM.
WE NEED A LARGE TURNOUT, SO THAT WE CAN “DANCE AT TWO WEDDINGS” AT ONCE!
Rabbi Mauricio Balter is a member of Rabbis for Human Rights and a resident of Israel’s south, where rocket fire is beginning to feel like a part of life. He reflects on life under fire, and the importance of remembering we were all created in the Image of God. Continue Reading
Summer is often a quite time for RHR’s Department of Human Rights in the Occupied Territories. Tragically, this summer has been anything but. Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann, director of the department, provides an update from the field between June and July of 2014.
By: Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann
It has been a tragic, worrying time as we all know, and this has profoundly impacted our work in the OPT. Continue Reading
In this week’s parasha, Rabbi Shmuel Reinter explores the concept of revenge in the Torah, showing us that such things are only within the domain of God Himself. For the rest of us, it is our responsibility to surpass our natural, vengeful desires and instead choose humility. Continue Reading
“That be far from You to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked”
On the Right to Self Defense and its Limitations
Rabbis for Human Rights is guided by the paramount Jewish value of preserving every human life. We totally reject deliberate destruction and bloodshed. Judaism appreciates efforts to preserve life even in the heat of battle, both by developing defense methods and by efforts not to target helpless non-combatants. “Far be it from You to do such a thing, to slay the righteous along with the wicked” (Genesis 18:25) Continue Reading
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