Hanan Schlesinger

Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger lives in Alon Shvut, Gush Etzion, and serves as the Director of International Relations for Roots/Judur/Shorashim, the Israeli Palestinian Local Initiative for Understanding, Nonviolence and Transformation. He also frequently travels to Dallas Texas where he serves as the Executive Director of the Jewish Studies Initiative. His website is www.ravhanan.org


Articles by Hanan Schlesinger

Painful Hope

I had no idea that the day I met Ali Abu Awwad would signal a radical turning point in my ...

The Dangers of Winning the Lottery

  Every once in a while we hear a story about a lottery winner whose fate takes a drastic turn ...

What Do You Do When You Are Betrayed?

You have shared some of your intimate emotional struggles with a colleague and close friend. Very soon afterward you lose ...

Passover Isn’t What it Used to Be – And Why That’s a Good Thing!

One of the most oft-repeated themes of the Torah is that we must remember that we were slaves and strangers ...

The Cruelty of a Cheeseburger

This week’s Torah portion commands us to swear off cheeseburgers. Well not exactly. It was the rabbis that created the ...

A Secret Weapon for Peace

I believe that there will be no solution to the Israeli Palestinian conflict until the Palestinians come face to face ...

God’s Abortive Assassination Attempt

Parshat Shmot which we read this week contains one of the most bizarre incidents in all of the Torah. By ...

Bad Things Create Better People

True, things could have been worse for Joseph – but not much worse. First, growing up an orphan – his ...

Abraham is From Mars, Sarah is From Venus

Sarah our Matriarch passes from the world in this week’s Torah Portion, Hayei Sarah. It is a good opportunity to ...

Bad Things Do Happen to Good People … Thank God That They Do!

“Why do bad things happen to good people” is the most fundamental question of theology. Just about everyone has given ...