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Weekly Parasha: What does God really want from us?

No Comments 25 May 2016

PLEASE NOTE: From now until August, the Torah reading in the Land of Israel will be different than the Torah reading outside of the Land of Israel. This Shabbat we in Israel read Bechukotai, while abroad, Behar, which was read last week in Israel, is read. You can find last week’s Dvar Torah on Behar here.

 

In his commentary to Parashat Bechukotai, Rabbi Mordechai Goldberg encourages us to study deeply  the Jewish sources, and listen closely to the issues at hand in the present moment in modern day Israel — what do we hear the deepest depths of God’s will telling us? Continue Reading

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Weekly Parasha: A Source of Inspiration

No Comments 18 May 2016

PLEASE NOTE: From now until August, the Torah reading in the Land of Israel will be different than the Torah reading outside of the Land of Israel. This Shabbat we in Israel read BeHar, while abroad, Emor, which was read last week in Israel, is read. You can find last week’s Dvar Torah on Emor here.

In his commentary on Parashat BeHar, Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann explores the significance of universalism within the Jewish tradition. As Jews we are commanded to look beyond the confines of nationalism and seek justice and freedom for all humanity. Continue Reading

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Weekly Parasha: To Sanctify the Entire Community

No Comments 10 May 2016

PLEASE NOTE: From now until August, the Torah reading in the Land of Israel will be different than the Torah reading outside of the Land of Israel. This Shabbat we in Israel read Emor, while abroad, Kedoshim, which was read last week in Israel, is read. You can find last week’s Dvar Torah on Kedoshim here.


In her commentary to Parashat Emor, Rabbi Gail Diamond exposes the problematic nature of the Torah’s restrictions on the duties of disabled priests. Instead of excluding our leaders based on physical imperfections, we must instead exclude from the role of leaders those with moral imperfections. 

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Weekly Parasha: A Dose of Holiness

No Comments 05 May 2016

In this week’s commentary to the Parashat Kedoshim, Rabbi Jeremy Milgrom challenges us to throw off the chains of conflict and fear and seek a life that is holy.  Continue Reading

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Weekly Parasha: Akharei Mot

No Comments 28 April 2016

From now until August, the Torah reading in the Land of Israel will be different than the Torah reading outside of the Land of Israel because this Shabbat we in Israel read “Akharei Mot,” while abroad Orthodox and Conservative Jews and some congregations in other movements celebrate an additional day of Passover. Abroad, even those who only celebrate 7 days of Passover, will read Akharei Mot next week.  This means that our readers and supporters abroad will have an additional week to ponder each dvar Torah. Continue Reading

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Passover Thoughts 5776: Where is God’s Glory?

No Comments 26 April 2016

As we near the final days of Passover, Rabbi Arik Ascherman, president and senior rabbi for Rabbis for Human Rights, shares his thoughts on the holiday. Continue Reading

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Weekly parasha: The power of God is the power of words

No Comments 13 April 2016

In Parashat Metzora, Rabbi Mira Raz shows us the danger of impure words, and the power of other words – including the very name of our organization, to do bring about justice and goodness in the world. Continue Reading

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Weekly Parasha: Life and death on the tip of the tongue

No Comments 06 April 2016

Just how much power does the tongue have?  In his commentary on Parashat Tazria, Rabbi Dubi Haiyun reminds us that we must strive to be society where all are respected and appreciated, where all the “evil tongue” is replaced by gratitude and blessings.   Continue Reading

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Weekly parasha: When human rights becomes as strange fire

2 Comments 30 March 2016

Israeli human rights organizations work within a very sensitive and delicate balance. In the time honored tradition of freedom of the pulpit, this week’s dvar Torah on Parashat Shemini by Rabbi Gideon Sylvester includes ideas that could be seen as criticism of RHR and our partners.”

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Weekly Parasha: On the clothes we wear

1 Comment 24 March 2016

In Parashat Tzav, Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann reminds us that it is not always the clothes that make the person. Behind a beautiful and impressive garment can easily lurk the danger of lies and corruption.  Continue Reading

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