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Rabbis for Human Rights

Counting The Days: It Is Time To Close Guantanamo

Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster | Posted 07.13.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster

Right now, the Jewish community is finishing up its annual marking of days, as each night we count the Omer, the 49 days between the second night of Passover and the beginning of Shavuot. Immediately after, we'll mark another set of days, one with only despair and no celebration.

A Rabbinic Call For Human Rights

Rabbi Sid Schwarz | Posted 03.30.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Sid Schwarz

If Judaism cannot offer wisdom and guidance as to how we might make a small contribution to heal a broken world, then it has little to no relevance at all.

Sifting Through The Settler Politics Of East Jerusalem’s Archaeological Site

Rabbi Rachel Goldenberg | Posted 12.11.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Rachel Goldenberg

Just a few steps outside of the Old City, in an East Jerusalem, sits the City of David National Park, one of Israel's most visited tourist attractions. What most visitors don't know is that their price of admission supports an ideological settler organization. Thankfully, this situation may change.

Q&A: About Those Pro-Muslim Subway Ads

The Huffington Post | Inae Oh | Posted 10.08.2012 | New York

As announced last week, a series of pro-Muslim advertising campaigns urging religious tolerance are expected to be unveiled in New York City's subway ...

IMAGE: Pro-Muslim Ads Going Up Next To 'Savage' Ads

Posted 12.05.2012 | New York

Two religious groups have produced pro-Muslim advertising campaigns to be unveiled in New York City's subway system. The ads are meant as a response t...

Curb Your Appetite: Numbers 8:1-12:16

Rabbi Sid Schwarz | Posted 08.05.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Sid Schwarz

We need to approach the act of eating in a way far more mindful than is currently the case. In this week's biblical portion, Beha'alotcha, we have perhaps the archetypical biblical story of what consumption looks like without mindfulness.

The JNF: Planting Trees or Uprooting Families?

Moriel Rothman-Zecher | Posted 01.23.2012 | World
Moriel Rothman-Zecher

The Jewish National Fund was set up in 1901 to purchase land in the Land of Israel on behalf of the Jewish People. The JNF also has become Israel's forestry service. However, in addition to all of the important environmental work the JNF does, there is sadly a dark side.

Denying The Dark Side: Cheney May Have No Regrets On Torture, But We Should

Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster | Posted 11.15.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster

The legacy of 9/11 must not be the dark side. We have a moral obligation to investigate our government's past use of torture, not to brush it under the rug in the name of national security.

Stories Of Loss And Chaos: The Ninth Of Av And The 10th Anniversary Of 9/11

Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster | Posted 10.08.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster

Tisha B'Av has been a way for the Jewish community to confront and contain trauma through the telling of stories. But after 9/11, how can we have unity when we aren't clear what story we are telling?

Why Religion Is Better Than Secular Ethics For Human Rights

Rabbi Alana Suskin | Posted 09.22.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Alana Suskin

Far more powerful than choosing to guard human rights, the religious have an obligation to protect them.

Building Bridges Of Freedom: The Interfaith Movement To End Slavery

Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster | Posted 07.26.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster

Fighting slavery cuts across political lines. It represents a moral consensus: Slavery is wrong, and we should not benefit from unpaid labor.

Reacting To The Death Of Osama Bin Laden: We Should Reflect, Not Rejoice

Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster | Posted 07.04.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster

As I waited for the President's speech, I realized I really didn't know how I felt. Relief? Renewed sadness over 9/11? How are you supposed to feel when your enemy falls?

Retributive Justice And Restorative Justice

Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman | Posted 07.03.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman

There is a difference been retributive justice, which gives us a primal sense of pleasure, and restorative justice, which is about our responsibilities as we try move forward.

Hanukkah, Human Rights And The Revelation Of The Hidden

Rabbi Jill Jacobs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Jill Jacobs

On the fifth and sixth days of Hanukah, Rabbis for Human Rights will hold its biennial conference. At this conference, rabbis, lay leaders, and Jews of all backgrounds will learn about pressing human rights abuses.

The Jewish Mandate To Take Responsibility For Torture

Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

In looking at the continued imprisonment and mistreatment of people who have not been convicted of or tried for a crime, I think that the Jewish notion of personal responsibility and teshuvah is not being followed.

Joe Biden, East Jerusalem and a Religiously Divided Israel

Steven Gerber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Steven Gerber

A small, but vocal, segment of Israeli Jews has asserted its view of Judaism - one in which the most important overriding concern is that God gave the Land of Israel to the Jewish people.