Rituals and Holiday Observance

There are many ways human rights can be incorporated into Jewish practice. Please find sample services for holiday and life cycles observations here.


Human Rights Hanukah Candle Lighting Ceremony adapted by Rabbi Sigal Asher of RHR’s Rights Center in Hadera

A Hanukkah lesson plan: Shalom bayit and the Hasmonian Daughter by Rabbi Nava Hefetz

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Human Rights Passover Supplements:

Which Child Am I?

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Commentary to the Torah by Rabbi Samson Rafael Hirsch

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Special Holot Refugee seder haggadah

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Human Rights Themed “Ushpizin” Posters 

With one for each day of the holiday, the posters features a different “ushpizin” or exalted guest — someone in need of the sheltering presence the sukkah provides year round.

Although Sukkot is a time of joy, our sages were careful to remind us that even at our peak of joy, we are not yet in an ideal world. With these posters we challenge you to reflect on our roles in emulating God’s example by providing shelter and protection. We see it as a great privilege to be able to do this, and our faith is that we can bring closer a world in which God’s sukkah (shelter) of peace is spread over the entire world and all humanity.











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Service Dedicated to the Stranger, Asylum Seeker and Refugee

Compiled by Rabbi Nava Hefetz, head of RHR’s education department

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Aseret Yamei T’Shuvah (10 Days of Repentance leading up to Yom Kippur)

A Lesson Plan on Hatred of  “the Other” and Interfaith Prayers for Healing

The summer of 2015 was rocked by a series of hate crimes. In response, Rabbi Nava Hefetz, RHR’s director of education, was moved to write a lesson plan on racism, Judaism and human rights. On Rosh HaShana, we begin the most intensive phase of chesbon nefesh, soul searching, which began with the Jewish month of Elul.  We enter the Aseret Yamei Teshuvah, the Ten Days of Answering God’s Call, turning and returning to our highest selves, that lead up to Yom Kippur. With the summer of 2015 in mind, we believe that our chesbon nefesh must include our responsibility for how our societal conflicts erupt into violence.

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