T'ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights

T'ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights

Founded 2002, T'ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, (formerly Rabbis for Human Rights - North America) is a multi-denominational rabbinical organization dedicated to giving voice to the tradition of human rights in Judaism.

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כוונה לסדר פסח | A Kavvanah for Human Rights for the Passover Seder, from T’ruah

Contributed on: ח׳ בניסן ה׳תשע״א (2011-04-12) by T'ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights |

We are hereby ready to fulfill our obligation of K’vod Habriot, respect for the dignity of every human being. We pray that our fellow citizens shall not be the source of suffering in others. We commit ourselves to raise our voices in support of universal human rights, to know the heart of the stranger, and to feel compassion for those whose humanity is denied. May our compassion lead us to fight for justice. Blessed is the Source of Life, who redeemed our ancestors from Egypt and brought us together this night of Passover to tell the story of freedom. May God bring us security and peace, enabling us to celebrate together year after year. Praised are you, Source of Righteousness, who redeems the world and loves justice and freedom. . . .


תפילה להצבעה | A Prayer on Voting, by Rabbi Lev Meirowitz Nelson (T’ruah 2016)

Contributed on: ז׳ במרחשון ה׳תשע״ז (2016-11-07) by T'ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights | Lev Meirowitz Nelson |

On Tuesday, we go to the polls in a momentous election that for many of us has generated a combination of anxiety, excitement, fear, and confusion. We offer you this prayer, which you can recite this Shabbat, before you vote, or while you are waiting for returns. . . .


A Prayer for Israel, by Rabbi Nahum Waldman z”l (2004)

Contributed on: ד׳ באייר ה׳תשע״ה (2015-04-23) by T'ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights | Nahum Waldman |

This prayer for Israel was written by Rabbi Naḥum Waldman (1931-2004) for T’ruah: the Rabbinic Call for Human Rights. T’ruah works to ensure that Israel remains a safe and secure home for Jews and a place that lives up to the ideal stated in the State of Israel’s 1948 Declaration of Independence that Israel “will foster the development of the country for all of its inhabitants; it will be based on freedom, justice, and peace as envisaged by the prophets of Israel; it will ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex.” . . .


תפילה לישראל | A Prayer for Israel, by Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman (2013)

Contributed on: ה׳ באייר ה׳תש״פ (2020-04-28) by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | David Nelson (translation) | Lawrence A. Hoffman | T'ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights |

A prayer for Israel which reserves the right to criticize its moral failings. . . .


תפילה לשלום המדינה בזמן מלחמה | Prayer for the Welfare of Israel in Wartime, by Rabbi Ron Aigen (2014)

Contributed on: ה׳ באייר ה׳תש״פ (2020-04-28) by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Ron Aigen | T'ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights |

A prayer for the welfare of Israel composed during the 2014 Israel-Gaza Conflict. . . .


הגדה לסדר פסח | The Other Side of the Sea: A Haggadah on Fighting Modern-Day Slavery by T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights

Contributed on: ב׳ בניסן ה׳תשע״ה (2015-03-21) by T'ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights |

“The wicked child asks: What does this work mean to you? Mah ha’avodah ha’zot lachem” (Exodus 12:26). I think about this question a great deal as a rabbi whose core work involves fighting modern-day slavery. I think about it when I talk to my children about what I do every day, when I call anti-trafficking activists and say, “What can rabbis do to support you?” or when I stand before Jewish audiences and urge them to put their energy behind this critical human rights issue. The answer must go deeper than simply saying, “We were slaves in Egypt once upon a time.” The memory of bitterness does not necessarily inspire action. What inspires me is not slavery but redemption. God could part the Sea of Reeds, but the Israelites could not truly be free until they had liberated themselves, after 40 years in the desert, from slavery. . . .


Prayer that the Lands of Our Freedom Never Resemble Mitsrayim, by Rabbi Jill Jacobs

Contributed on: כ״ג בסיון ה׳תשע״ט (2019-06-26) by Jill Jacobs | T'ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights |

An invocation by Rabbi Jill Jacobs, executive director of T’ruah, offered at the opening dinner of the Council on Foreign Relations annual Religion and Foreign Policy Workshop, June 2019. . . .


תְּפִלָּה לָעֵצִים עַל ט״וּ בִּשְׁבָט | Prayer for the Trees of Erets Yisrael on Tu Bishvat, by Rabbis for Human Rights in Israel (2011)

Contributed on: ט״ז בשבט ה׳תשע״א (2011-01-20) by Anonymous Author(s) | T'ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights |

In the wake of the continued uprooting of fruit trees and human settlements in the Land of Israel, T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights shared the following petitionary prayer. . . .


מִי שֶׁבֵּרַךְ | Mi sheBerakh for Victims of Slavery, by Rabbi Joshua Boettiger (2009)

Contributed on: ז׳ בניסן ה׳תשע״א (2011-04-11) by Joshua Boettiger | T'ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights |

We are grateful to Rabbi Joshua Boettinger and Rabbis for Human Rights–North America (RHR-NA) for sharing the following petitionary prayer, A Misheberakh for Victims of Slavery. Originally published by RHR-NA on their website in 2009, the prayer attends to the desperate need to eradicate all forms of slavery that persist today, especially in advance of the holiday celebrating our Z’man Cheruteinu, the season of our freedom, every Spring, every Pesaḥ. . . .


על חטא | For the Sin of Torture: A Communal Confession by Rabbi Ed Feld

Contributed on: ד׳ בתשרי ה׳תשע״ג (2012-09-19) by T'ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights | Rabbi Edward Feld |

For the sin which we have committed before You through diminishing the image of God. . . .