Demonstration in Tel aviv against government decision to deport refuges from south Sudan 17.3.2012
Parashat “Vayikra”: the weekly report of “Rabbis for Human Rights”
Together with achievements as the National Park we also witness the continuation of hostile activities, appropriation, social neglect and ignoring groups of people. As the People of Israel walking in the desert to the Promised Land, we are looking to a future of salvation that will include realization of all civil rights. Shabbat Shalom.
This year we continue helping less-fortunate families on Pesach. You can send your donation to the office: Harechavim 9, Jerusalem, or online. You need to let us know that the contribution is for kimkha d’pescha. You can inform us about your future donation, and we’ll donate it before Passover. Furthermore, like every year, we are also collecting hametz to distribute to needy non-Jews. Another project is that of RHR past chair Rabbi Anita Steiner. You can contribute to her directly. She writes: “Please remember to help others as you prepare for Pesach. You can participate in this mitzvah by contributing to a fund that helps large Ethiopian families in Ashkelon. Helping one family costs 300 shekels or $82. If you have any questions please contact me. Please send checks directly to me. Rabbi Anita Steiner, 18 Rehov Eilat, Ashkelon 78443 | 08 67 32111, 050 78 55 348 | email@example.com
In his Dvar Torah to parashat Vayikra Rabbi Peretz Rodman asks how to perform the burnt offerings, and finds out it is complicated and two sided.
Last week near Bat Ayn settlement in the Gush Etzion bloc, a retaliatory nationalist action took place on the lands of the Salivi family. Tens of fruit trees were cut down and the criminals left the message “price tag” – greetings from Bat Ayn”. We submitted a complaint to the police and did all the best in order to bring the criminals to trial and compensate the land owners for the damages they had. I would like to point out that 6 months ago there were similar criminal actions and no one was put to trial.
Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann’s summary on the relations between the army, settlements, the courts and the local residents of the occupied territories. Rabbi Grenimann brings evidence on trees uprooting, no coordination for plowing time, land grabbing and planting trees with hope in the Jahalin communities. What is the connection between the lands in Um El Amad, Artas and Silwan: all three are facing expropriation. Solidarity Sheich Jarra update us that due to our mutual activity we had a first achievements in the National Park campaign.
Aisha Sidawi wrote about two cases of young people with disabilities and the difference between the center of the country and the periphery, between rich and strong municipalities and week and poor ones. A Different Way of Understanding Judaism – An important interview with rabbi Arik Ascherman in the German magazine Qantara (English). The magazine also deals with a dialog with the Muslim world. The Gardian wrote on our efforts to save Palestinian villages’ in South Hebron Hills, solar skirting board which are their only electricity source. Amira Hass wrote in Haaretz on our activities against settlers invasions to innocent Palestinians’ lands.
Here is a post-Purim poetic follow-up to the string of articles on the the subject on the RHR website. It was written by Angelika Maeser Lemieux, who is a member of the Steering Committee of Canadian Friends of RHR (Montreal). Just under a month ago Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner was part of a group of nearly 20 Reform and Liberal rabbis who, together with some members from our communities, spent a week in Israel with Rabbis for Human Rights. Road diary.
We, Rabbis for Human Rights in Israel, want to send our condolences to the families of the victims in Toulouse and to all of the Jewish communityin France. We are shocked by the crime that was committed yesterday (March 19th 2012).There cannot be any motive, ideology, or belief that justifies murdering innocent children. It is our responsibility to work for Tikun Olam as the Jewish tradition commands us. All people were created in the image of God and anyone who loses one human being it is as if he lost the whole world and has decreased God’s presence on Earth.
Nous, Rabbins pour le Droit de la Personne Humaine en Israel, transmettons nos condoléandces aux familles. des victimes à Toulouse et à toute la communauté Juive de France. Nous Somme horrifies par le crime qui a été commit. Aucun motif, aucune idéologie et aucune croyance. ne peut justifier le meurtre d’enfants innocents. Nous avons la responsabilite de lutter afin de réparer le monde (Tikun Olam) comme nous l’ordonne la tradition Juive. L’humanité a été créée à l’image de Dieu, et quiconque détruit la vie d’un. Etre Humain détruit tout un monde et diminu l’image de Dieu sur terre. Yehi Zikhram Baruch (Que leur memoire soit benit). Notre pensée est avec vous.