ICCI, Parasha / E-Letter

On Remembering Amalek

No Comments 27 February 2015

Who is Amalek? How must we remember him? What does it mean to truly “blot him out”? Rabbi Dr Ron Kronish, member of RHR and founding director of ICCI, on Purim and the curse of Amalek. NOTE: This post originally appeared on Rabbi Dr. Kronish’s Huffington Post blog.

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March 2015 Elections, Parasha / E-Letter

Weekly Torah portion: To Create a Perpetual Lamp

No Comments 23 February 2015

In Parashat Tetzaveh, Rabbi Dov (Dubi) Haiyun explores the meaning of true leadership, and reminds us, in an election time, that it is the leader’s charge to inspire, model and most importantly, serve. Continue Reading

March 2015 Elections, Parasha / E-Letter

Israeli elections 2015: Keeping the “House” in repair

No Comments 19 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.  Continue Reading

Parasha / E-Letter

Weekly Torah portion: Making space for holiness

No Comments 17 February 2015

In Parashat Terumah, Rabbi Sigal Asher explores God’s commandment to the people of Israel to build the Temple. How does God’s demand for offerings teach us the importance of true, from- the- heart, giving? How do God’s instructions show us that it is our reasonability to imbibe holiness in our world, teaching us that if we come together in good deeds, kindness, and equality, we will indeed be blessed. Continue Reading

Parasha / E-Letter

Weekly Torah portion: Squashing the abuse of power

No Comments 11 February 2015

In Parashat Mishpatim, Rabbi Avi Novis Deutsch  explores the significant of the multiple commandments (or mitzvot) given, showing how there is a balance of power built within the laws themselves preventing abuse of the vulnerable.  Although we no longer keep slaves, these laws against humiliation and abuse are still just as important today, and demand that any person in authority keep themselves in check with them.   Continue Reading

Parasha / E-Letter

Weekly Torah Portion: Ten Commandments for Three Circles

No Comments 03 February 2015

The Ten Commandments may have been given to the Israelites, but they are also meant for all of humanity. Nevertheless, in addition to speaking to the multitudes, they are delivered in a way that is personal to each of us. In this week’s Torah portion, Rabbi Shmuel Reiner challenges each of us to consider which commandment speaks just to us and our own personal journey towards what is moral and right. For which commandment will you raise your voice? For the integrity of which will you fight? Continue Reading

Parasha / E-Letter

Weekly Torah portion: Miriam’s Song

No Comments 27 January 2015

In this week’s Torah portion, Rabbi Miri Gold examines the bravery and natural leadership ability of Miriam, sister of Moses and Aaron. Can modern-day Israel learn to cultivate the powerful voices of women as the children of Israel once did? Continue Reading

General, Parasha / E-Letter

Weekly Torah portion: Leaders and Leadership

No Comments 21 January 2015

Moses is a true leader – though he is not perfect, his intention and his devotion to his people is true. In his Dvar Torah on Parashat Bo, Rabbi Dubi Hayun explores the process of becoming a great leader while differentiating between those who, like, Pharaoh, sought the position only to serve themselves.  Who will lead our country – those who follow Moses, or those who follow Pharaoh?  Continue Reading

Parasha / E-Letter

Weekly parasha: Opening the Gate of Repentance

No Comments 13 January 2015

Does God take away Pharaoh’s agency, or does he merely establish the necessary conditions so that Pharaoh can come to learn about repentance and choice? In Parashat Va’era, Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann shows us that there is always opportunity to work towards positive change in our world. Continue Reading

Justice in Israel, Parasha / E-Letter

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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