Economic and Social Justice

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Background Information

Jewish tradition obliges the community to care for the weak and to provide its members with its basic needs. In the Bible we see the anger of the Prophets concerning economic injustice. On one hand Israel has adopted the international treaty on economic, social and cultural rights.  But on the other hand, hunger, poverty and unemployment in the country are growing steadily.

Rabbis for Human Rights take our values of helping the weak, caring for each other and mutual responsibility between the collective and the individual from the Jewish tradition. This tradition guides RHR‘s activities, and similarly, according to the international treaties, RHR define their focus in the areas of economic and social justice. In the last years, RHR have chosen to focus on the right for employment.

RHR led the struggle against the Wisconsin Plan, Israel’s failed “from-welfare-to-work” plan, and succeeded in cancelling the transfer of the State’s responsibility for its weakest to private hands.

Today, RHR help the unemployed and workers in part-time or full-time jobs with low wages. RHR aspire to implement the Rambam’s highest rank of righteousness, helping the unemployed in finding work, and giving “a present or a loan” to the unemployed in order to ensure their basic existence.

In addition, RHR are also active in the Knesset, in order to ensure a more just division of the State of Israel’s resources, particularly since in recent years, time after time, the weak are hurt and the wealthy receive incentives. RHR assist different groups in Israeli society in their struggle to gain their economic, social and cultural rights. RHR support groups of: unemployed, single-parent families, the elderly, invalids and others whose urgent needs fall through the cracks.

RHR use their unique voice as a rabbinical organization, in order to unite the different groups in Israeli society around the vision of justice and Jewish values in the mutual struggle for social and economic justice.