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His memory is most definitely a blessing: Rabbi Ascherman on the passing of Leonard Fein z”l

1 Comment 18 August 2014

Last week, Leonard Fein z”l passed away at eighty years old. Leonard was a great Jewish American thinker, doer and writer whose influence on progressive Judaism will echo for years and years to come.  Rabbi Ascherman, president and senior rabbi of RHR, remembers him as a supportive, insightful and inspiring influence: Continue Reading

Occupied Territories, Reflections from RHR Rabbis & Staff

Questioning not if the army is moral, but if the policy is moral

No Comments 17 August 2014

As part of RHR’s effort to engage in a dialogue with the Israeli settler community, the following opinion piece on the IDF and morality will be published in a local print paper in the Israeli settlement Ariel shortly. Please continue to look  for additional pieces in this series alongside the responses by the settler communities themselves. Continue Reading

General, Occupied Territories

Why we oppose Capital Punishment

No Comments 07 August 2014

Capital punishment during peacetime was abolished by Israel in 1954. However, the use of the death penalty remains an option for particular crimes including genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, crimes against the Jewish people, and treason. Military Courts in the territories also have the option of its use. However,  historically the courts are very hesitant to utilize capital punishment and there has not been an execution in Israel since Adolf Eichmann, the notorious Nazi,  in 1962, and before that, there was only one other execution for a man (falsely) accused of treason in 1948. Continue Reading

General, Reflections from RHR Rabbis & Staff

TISHA B’AV THOUGHTS IN A TIME OF WAR, by Rabbi Arik Ascherman

1 Comment 05 August 2014

by: Rabbi Arik Ascherman

“From above God sent a fire

Down into my bones
God spread a net for my feet,
God hurled me backward
God has left me forlorn.
In constant misery” (Lamentations 1:13)

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General, Justice in Israel-Negev Bedouin, Occupied Territories, Press Releases

Urgent letter: Cellular warning service not available in Bedouin communities

No Comments 30 July 2014

Yesterday (July 29th 2014), Rabbis for Human Rights and other organizations promoting rights for Bedouins in the Negev sent an urgent letter to the Home Front Command, protesting that the cellular rocket fire warning service is not available in unrecognized Bedouin communities.

The disturbing situation in which communities lack both protected areas and sirens  is difficult to remedy in the immediate future, but it seems that the absence of a cellular warning is an easier matter to fix. Therefore,  it’s all the more puzzling to us that the system is not programmed to provide warnings to citizens of these communities. “Disputes over planning issues are no reason to disregard human life,” argue the signatories to the letter: Rabbis for Human Rights, the Forum for Unrecognized Villages in the Negev, and AJEEC-NISPED. Continue Reading

General, Occupied Territories, Reflections from RHR Rabbis & Staff

When justice blinds: by Rabbi Arik Ascherman

2 Comments 30 July 2014

I believe that we Israelis are justified in defending ourselves against Hamas rockets and tunnels, and I strongly suspect that in the process of doing so we have unnecessarily committed grave breaches of international law and my understanding of Jewish morality. I don’t see any contradiction between these two beliefs. I fervently hope I am wrong about the latter, but find that increasingly unlikely.

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Congratulations to Rabbi Ascherman on his honorary doctorate for his work toward repairing Israeli society

2 Comments 19 July 2014

Rabbi Nava Hefetz provides us with a moving account from her participation in the presentation ceremony of an honorary doctorate to Rabbi Arik Ascherman, President and Senior Rabbi of Rabbis for Human Rights. She expands on the way in which Rabbi Ascherman’s work has impacted her own work and filled her with hope.

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General, Justice in Israel

July 22nd: Public Housing Day at the Knesset

No Comments 17 July 2014

TUESDAY, JULY 22ND IS PUBLIC HOUSING DAY IN THE KNESSET.  JOIN US FOR A SERIES OF COMMITTEE DISCUSSIONS ON PUBLIC HOUSING RELATED ISSUES, AND A PUBLIC HOUSING FORUM AT 2pm.

ADDITIONALLY, THE INTERIOR COMMITTEE WILL BE DISCUSSING RESERVATIONS ON THE HOUSING BILL ON THE VERY SAME DAY, STARTING AT 1:30 PM.

WE NEED A LARGE TURNOUT, SO THAT WE CAN “DANCE AT TWO WEDDINGS” AT ONCE!

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General, Justice in Israel-Negev Bedouin, Occupied Territories, Reflections from RHR Rabbis & Staff

When Will the Messiah Come?- A Cry for our Beloved Country

1 Comment 10 July 2014

 As Israel  seems to plunge deeper into darkness, Rabbi Ascherman provides an update on a number of pressing issues in human rights in Israel and the occupied territories. Continue Reading

General, Justice in Israel, Occupied Territories

Statements on recent murders motivated by nationalism

No Comments 07 July 2014

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 Statement from Rabbis for Human Rights:

Rabbis for Human Rights expresses its deep outrage at the recent murders which, according to reports,  either stem from motives of national revenge or involve a national element. We are especially shocked by the apparent brutality of the murders.  Continue Reading

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