Parasha / E-Letter

Weekly parasha: The path to holiness

No 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

Parasha / E-Letter

Weekly parasha: The Mirrors and the Women

4 Comments 11 March 2015

In Parashat Vayakhel-Pekudei, Rabbi Dr. Dalia Marx examines a line of Torah that has sparked thought and conversation among Jewish scholars for generations. Through the use of purification rituals, we come to understand that only by accepting the whole of who we each are – in all our carnality and physicality, can we truly enter holiness. Where humans are repressed and denied, they will never be permitted to enter God’s Temple.  Continue Reading

General, March 2015 Elections, Parasha / E-Letter

Weekly Torah portion: On Aaron the Peacemaker

No Comments 02 March 2015

In Parashat Ki Tissa, Rabbi Dr. Ron Kronish considers the leadership differences between Moses and Aaron, and challenges all of us, as elections approach, to ask ourselves which of our leaders can show the  compassion that made Aaron a “prophet of the people” and a true peacemaker.  Continue Reading

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

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