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Weekly Parasha: Renewing our approach

1 Comment 09 February 2016

In Rabbi Peretz Rodman’s dvar Torah for Parashat Terumah, he reminds us of the importance of continuing to renew our understandings and sensitivities, so that we can continue to strive to live in the best world possible. Continue Reading

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Weekly parasha: The obligation to place a mirror before the public’s eyes

No Comments 01 February 2016

What are the boundaries of responsibility for an individual? Are we only responsible for own actions or are we also responsible for the negligence of others? In what instances do we carry overall and uncompromising responsibility? In his Dvar Torah on Parashat Mishpatim, Rabbi Kobi Weiss explores these questions — just as relevant now as they were in the time of the Bible. Continue Reading

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Weekly parasha: The 10th Commandment: “Do not covet your neighbors”

No Comments 26 January 2016

What does the Torah mean when it commands us “not to covet”? Are we really expected to close off our hearts’ desires, or is it the acting to get what we covet what is forbidden? In his parasha for Yitro this week, Rabbi Grenimann explores the morality behind the coveting of what others has, drawing powerful parallels to modern Israeli society, where the settler movement seeks to own more and more of what belongs to the Palestinians.  Continue Reading

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Weekly Parasha: Finding the majestic holiness

No Comments 19 January 2016

This week’s parasha, Rabbi Miri Gold points out, is full of blessings and miracles. But it ends on a dark note, a reminder that in our own time, there is still the need for miracles, and it is our responsibility to seek them out for the good of all humankind. Continue Reading

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Weekly Parasha: The power of speech

No Comments 13 January 2016

In Parashat Bo, Rabbi Galia Sadan shows us the power of speech – to create, to connect, to share, and to, ultimately, lead us from a world of exile and remoteness into one of morality.

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Weekly Parasha: Don’t let the poison spread

No Comments 05 January 2016

In his Dvar Torah to Parashat Vayera, Rabbi Paul Arberman explores the many interpretations of Aaron’s staff, which becomes a snake, swallowing up the staff of Pharaoh. Even in this story, seemingly a simple one of magic and competing faiths, we understand the Jewish value of turning from violence and vengeance,  choosing to always do as little harm as possible under a set of given circumstances. 

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Weekly Torah portion: The Strength to stand up to authority

1 Comment 28 December 2015

What is our responsibility – as Jews and as humans- during times when all around us life is being devalued, and human rights neglected? In this week’s dvar Torah, Rabbi Gail Diamond shows us the bravery of the women in Parashat Shemot, whom we should all strive to emulate.  Continue Reading

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Weekly Parasha: Building a model society

No Comments 23 December 2015

In this week’s parasha, Rabbi Uri Ayalon reminds us of the vision that should be guiding  Israeli society. Just as our founding fathers and mothers in Genesis grappled with basic human issues as they built their nation, so too must we. Will we overcome some of the most profound moral challenges in order to build a society founded on justice and equality?

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Forum for the Struggle Against Poverty responds to recent poverty report

No Comments 15 December 2015

A recent report by the National Insurance Institute has revealed that poverty increased in Israel in 2014 according to number of different measures. For example, the number of children living in poverty increased from 30.8% in 2013 to 31% in 2014, while the poverty rate for working families rose from 12.5% in 2013 to 13.1% in 2014. See below for the response of the Forum for the Struggle Against Poverty, of which RHR is an active member. Continue Reading

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Weekly Parasha: The Transformation of Judah

No Comments 14 December 2015

The Bible is saturated with conflict between brothers. In Parashat Vayigash, Rabbi Simcha Daniel Burstyn shows how despite Judah’s many mistakes, he is worthy of fathering the line from which the messiah will come. What can we learn about injustice, love and conflict resolution from the transformation of Judah and subsequent reconciliation between Joseph and his brothers?  Continue Reading

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