General, Justice in Israel, Justice in Israel-Negev Bedouin, Legal Work, Occupied Territories, Parasha / E-Letter

On Mountains, Caves and Empowerment: Hanukah Thoughts 5775

No Comments 16 December 2014

Hanukah Thoughts 5775

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Joseph and Gender Complexity

No Comments 09 December 2014

In Parashat Vayeishev, Dr. Rabbi Dalia Marx examines the fascinating story of Joseph and Potiphar. From the midrash to the modern day, this story, full of gender complexity and role reversal,  has captured the attention of rabbis, poets and artists alike. What can the way our sages looked at this ancient story of royal intrigue teach us today about human sexuality, power, and the spectrum of human diversity.

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Weekly parasha: Sulam Yaacov (Jacob’s ladder) and the Temple Mount

No Comments 24 November 2014

In this week’s parasha, Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann shows us that the true meaning behind Jacob’s dream is a vision of peace. In the context of current tensions today in Israel, he appeals to us to shun the appropriation of ancient symbols and language in favor of seeking morality, respect and brotherhood among all peoples.  Continue Reading

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Weekly parasha: On Brothers and Separation

1 Comment 20 November 2014

In Parashat Toldot, Rabbi Shmuel Reiner questions the traditional explanation of the blessing that Jacob tricks his father, Isaac, into giving him, and examines the importance of saying “goodbye” between those who, in many ways, are closest to us. Continue Reading

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Weekly parasha: Reconciliation Must Come Eventually

No Comments 12 November 2014

 In Parshat Chayei Sarah, Rabbi Ehud Bandel reveals how our sages sought to remind us, again and again, of our obligation to be sensitive to “the other” – both to those who are voiceless, like Sarah and Hagar, as well as to our enemies. With this in mind, we praise Isaac for seeking reconciliation with his estranged brother Ismael despite decades of conflict, fear and hatred.

Will we be like our Patriarch Isaac and seek reconciliation to a seemingly endless conflict with our brothers? According to Rabbi Bandel, it is inevitable- so the real question is “when”? Continue Reading

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Weekly parasha: To Take to the Streets

No Comments 06 November 2014

In Parashat Vayera, Rabbi Yehoyada Amir bravely confronts the choice to be a bystander amidst injustice and violence.  Through the story of Sodom and Gomorrah, as well as his family’s own terrible loss to the fires of the Shoah, he reminds us that we are commanded to be courageous.  Continue Reading

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Weekly Parasha: The Courage to be in the Minority

No Comments 28 October 2014

In parshat Lech Lecha, Rabbi Dov Haiyun explores the journey of Abraham from Ur to Haran and finally to Canaan. What drives Abraham to pick up  despite the roots he puts down, and what does his story teach us about  alliance to our own truths over alliance to a nation? Continue Reading

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Weekly parasha: All who are thirsty, come for water

No Comments 21 October 2014

With this week’s Torah portion, we find ourselves situated between the violent, destructive waters of God’s flood, and next week’s commencement of our requests for life-giving, restorative  rains. Within this context, Rabbi Dr. Dalia Marx remind us that water is a blessing from God, and that if we desire to control it, we must do so from a place of justice, equality and respect for all the life which drinks of it. Continue Reading

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Yom Kippur Thoughts 5775: Distinguishing between Masui and Ratsui

No Comments 03 October 2014

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Click here for RHR’s annual Yom Kippur vidui. The annual Assif Rukhani (Spiritual Harvest – The list of some of what is good and positive about Israel and Israelis, as well as some of RHR’s accomplishments in this past year) will be posted on our website ( on Sunday, along with beautiful ushpizin (Sukkah guests) posters featuring original artwork depicting some of those who we wish to welcome into our sukkah and into our hearts. Continue Reading

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Weekly parasha: Even in the Darkest Times

No Comments 15 September 2014

In his commentary of Parshiot Nitzavim-Vayelech, Rabbi Gideon D. Sylvester invokes the wise words of a Hassidic rebbe and survivor of the Shoah as a reminder that even in the darkest times, when despair and fear to move forward seem to engulf us, there is potential for redemption. Continue Reading

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