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Cry aloud; do not be silent. Lift up your voice like a shofar. — Isaiah 58:1
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July 23, 2017
We are deeply saddened and outraged by the tragic murder of three members of an Israeli family on Shabbat eve in their home in the Halamish settlement. No political aims justify cold-blooded murder. We call on Israeli and Palestinian political and religious leaders to condemn the senseless loss of life, to refrain from any further provocations, and to actively move toward a long-term solution that will end the bloodshed.
July 21, 2017
We are appalled at the killing of two Israeli security officers at Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif, the loss of Palestinian life in clashes with police, and the escalating tensions in East Jerusalem.
Jewish tradition teaches that there are two Jerusalems, Yerushalayim shel Maala, the heavenly or spiritual Jerusalem, and Yerushalayim shel Mata, the earthly, physical city with all its imperfections. As rabbis, we are striving to bridge the gap between the geopolitical realities of a divided Jerusalem and the vision of the peaceful, holy city Jews have longed for throughout the ages. To realize this vision, especially in times of fear and great challenge, we must work to keep our hearts open. Anything less than deep listening and nuanced responses that recognize the grievances of both Israelis and Palestinians only perpetuates the hardening of hearts and cycle of violence.
June 26, 2017
T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights opposes both the House and Senate legislation that will leave millions more Americans without health care. Our insistence on the moral duty of the government to ensure health care for all comes from our grounding both in human rights, and in Jewish teachings.
The Senate’s “Better Care” Reconciliation Act of 2017 and House of Representatives American Health Care Act of 2017 are immoral bills that will take healthcare away from millions of Americans, and result in increased suffering, financial burden, and even death. Those most likely to be hurt by these bills include those who can least afford to be without healthcare: individuals with significant health challenges or past illnesses, are low-income or seeking treatment for addiction, and seniors.