The Rabbinical Alliance of America—Igud HaRabbonim, representing over 950 American rabbis—joins the people of the United Kingdom and the entire world in mourning the passing of Queen Elizabeth II. As the United Kingdom’s longest-lived and longest-reigning head of state, Queen Elizabeth II was widely admired and respected for her grace and dignity. Queen Elizabeth II was a leader who guided England through decades of great change. Her presence was an anchor of hope and optimism for a time of great social and political upheaval, helping the United Kingdom and the western world ease into transition as the globe changed after World War II. Queen Elizabeth II was more than a monarch; her grace under pressure and impeccably respectful manners defined dignity in an era of collapsing social rules.

Rabbi Mendy Mirocznik, executive vice-president of the Rabbinical Alliance of America stated, “the greatest contribution of Queen Elizabeth II was serving as a model for proper behavior, for modesty and humility among wealth and fame. The world can learn many lessons from her refined behavior, her devotion to her family and her nation, her work ethic and her respect for all people with whom she interacted. As social etiquette collapsed, Queen Elizabeth II served as a beacon for dignity and respect.”

The Rabbinical Alliance blesses the memory of Queen Elizabeth II and offers blessings to King Charles III. May Charles III continue serving as a messenger of peace, dignity and traditional values with great success for many years to come.