Tag archive for "Passover"

Parasha / E-Letter

Shabbat HaGadol: When Elijah Learns Compassion

No Comments 21 March 2018

In this week’s Dvar Torah for Shabbat HaGadol, Rabbi Haim Shalom offers a fascinating perspective on the real reason the prophet Elijah roams the world, ready to pop into our rituals and events. What lesson of humility and compassion can we learn from this figure,  given the boot by G-d & sent to wander the earth endlessly? Continue Reading

Parasha / E-Letter

Weekly Parasha: Inclusive Universalism in the Passover Haggadah

No Comments 05 April 2017

In his dvar Torah for Shabbat Hagadol (the Shabbat just before the start of Passover), Rabbi Jeremy Milgrom calls on us to remember the universalist aspects of the Passover Haggadah. In what concrete ways can we ensure this aspect of Judaism is honoured in everyday life in Israel?   Continue Reading

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April 12: Passover in the desert with Umm al Hiran!

No Comments 04 April 2017

The Bedouin residents of the unrecognised village of Umm al Hiran in the Negev invite you to join them on April 12th for a special Passover event in the desert. This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a fun-filled day while getting to know the residents of Umm al Hiran while learning about their struggle.  Continue Reading

Parasha / E-Letter

Weekly Parasha: Akharei Mot

No Comments 28 April 2016

From now until August, the Torah reading in the Land of Israel will be different than the Torah reading outside of the Land of Israel because this Shabbat we in Israel read “Akharei Mot,” while abroad Orthodox and Conservative Jews and some congregations in other movements celebrate an additional day of Passover. Abroad, even those who only celebrate 7 days of Passover, will read Akharei Mot next week.  This means that our readers and supporters abroad will have an additional week to ponder each dvar Torah. Continue Reading

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Passover Thoughts 5776: Where is God’s Glory?

No Comments 26 April 2016

As we near the final days of Passover, Rabbi Arik Ascherman, president and senior rabbi for Rabbis for Human Rights, shares his thoughts on the holiday. Continue Reading


Passover lesson plan: This is the bread of affliction…Next year we will be free

No Comments 20 April 2016

Below please find a Passover human rights lesson plan by RHR education director Rabbi Nava Hefetz and deputy director Yael Gamon exploring the meaning of “freedom” in the context of poverty, our relationships with the non-Jews living among us, and the challenges of sovereignty.

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Passover Dvar Torah: Choose to be free

No Comments 19 April 2016

Passover is a celebration of freedom. This Passover, what songs are the people of Israel singing? Which songs must we be singing?  Continue Reading

Refugees and asylum seekers

Photos: Freedom seder at Holot with African asylum seekers

No Comments 17 April 2016

On April 15th 2016, Rabbis for Human Rights along with partner Right Now with the support of the New Israel Fund, held a special mock seder for African asylum seekers currently detained at Holot, an “open” detention center deep in Israel’s Negev desert. Continue Reading


RHR now accepting chametz for donation to non-Jews

No Comments 17 April 2016

Donate your chametz to non-Jews in need!

Through the morning of Thursday, April 21st, we can accept chametz in our office in unopened packages and bottles.  If you are outside of Jerusalem, please contact us and we will try to connect you to others collecting in different regions of the country. Email: [email protected]; telephone: 02-6482757 Continue Reading

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Refugee freedom seder haggadah

No Comments 15 April 2016

Below please find a modified version of the Passover haggadah used on April 15 2016 to lead a seder with African asylum seekers at the Holot “Open” Detention Facility in the Negev where they are currently detained.

We encourage you to download the haggadah and use it or parts of it as you see appropriate in your own Passover seder.

Special thanks to the New Israel Fund for sponsoring the Holot seder. 

Download the PDF file .

Download as word document here (which you can alter as you see fit)

View/download as PDF document here

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Photos from the seder here

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