General, Parasha / E-Letter

Being Ruth: Shavuot Thoughts 5775 by Rabbi Arik Ascherman

No Comments 22 May 2015


Rabbi Arik Ascherman

President and Senior Rabbi

Rabbis for Human Rights

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General, Parasha / E-Letter

Weekly parasha: Stand up and be counted for social justice

1 Comment 20 May 2015

In this week’s Torah portion, the Jewish people stand up and are counted in a census. In his dvar Torah, Rabbi Ron Kronish shows us that in order to be the holy people we agreed to be in our covenant with God, we must now also stand up and be counted for justice and peace.
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Parasha / E-Letter

Weekly parasha: A Seat of Mercy for all

1 Comment 13 May 2015

In this week’s Dvar Torah for Parashat Behukotai, Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann confronts the contradiction between the Jerusalem of the Bible and of the prophets, both ancient and modern, and the Jerusalem of today, marred by the consequences of political victories. With the approach of Jerusalem Day, how must we choose to observe this day – with flag-waving and humiliation of others, or with holy deeds of compassion and mercy?  Continue Reading

ICCI, Parasha / E-Letter

Conditional Covenant: Dvar Torah by Rabbi Ron Kronish

No Comments 06 May 2015

This dvar Torah for Parashat B’Har was originally published in The Jerusalem Report. Continue Reading

Parasha / E-Letter

Weekly parasha: Between Wholeness and Holiness

No Comments 29 April 2015

What is “wholeness” and what is “holiness”? How does our tradition guide us in our quest for them? In this week’s parasha, Rabbi Dov (Dubi) Haiyun shows us that through our acts taking responsibility towards others holiness and wholeness is projected onto us through our connection with G-d.

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Weekly parasha: The path to holiness

2 Comments 21 April 2015

We are commanded to love our neighbours as ourselves. But what does this really mean, and how far can acts of love and kindness really go? In this week’s Torah portion, Rabbi Mira Raz shows us just how transformative love really is.  Continue Reading

Parasha / E-Letter

Weekly Parasha: Bringing the outcast back to the fold

No Comments 14 April 2015

 Why do we respond to abnormal bodily functions with revulsion? How do religion and society  handle those who society labels “dirty” or “impure”? What responsibilities do our leaders have towards individuals who have become outcasts? In this week’s parashot, Rabbi Kobi Weiss delves into the significance of purity and impurity, clean and dirty, in the Torah and reminds us that all humans, dirty or not, demand respect and rights. Continue Reading

Parasha / E-Letter

Weekly Torah portion: The Song of the Sea – The 7th day of Passover: A word on compassion

No Comments 08 April 2015

God condemns the angels for singing out in joy while the Egyptians drowned. Thousands of years later, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel z’l continues to inspire us to seek the equality of ALL people as our people.  In this week’s parasha, Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann reminds us that the only way to truly be with God is through compassion for all humanity.  Continue Reading

Parasha / E-Letter

Weekly Parasha: Light brings light

No Comments 24 March 2015

In this elegant reading of Parashat Tzav, Rabbi Susan Silverman explores our responsibilities to ourselves, to each other, to our children and to the most vulnerable among us. Despite everything, we are obliged to keep the flames within us burning.  Continue Reading

March 2015 Elections, Parasha / E-Letter

Weekly parasha: Taking steps to make things right

No Comments 16 March 2015

In parashat Vayikrah, Rabbi Ed Rettig explores what must be done when “the community of Israel sins.” In the past, our ancestors would use sacrifice as a way to right the wrongs, but in modern days, we have other means at our disposal – electing new leaders. Continue Reading

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