The Rabbinical Alliance of America — Igud HaRabbonim, representing over 950 American Orthodox rabbis — joins Klal Yisroel in mourning the passing of HaGaon HaRav Aharon Schechter, ZT’L, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivas Rabbeinu Chaim Berlin.

Rabbi Mendy Mirocznik, executive vice-president of the Rabbinical Alliance of America and a talmid of Rav Schechter, ZT’L, stated, “Rav Schechter was known throughout his rabbinic service as a leading posek and Torah authority as well as a rosh yeshiva of the people. Rav Schechter understood people and always took their needs into consideration when called upon to decide matters pertinent to Jewish law.

“Rav Schechter will be missed most for his personal touch, his connection with the layperson. As busy as he was, Rav Schechter was always available to offer counsel and to answer the questions of individuals who sought his sage guidance. It was this personal, hands-on approach that made Rav Schechter unique not only as a Gadol B’Yisrael, in rabbinic circles, but as a Rav B’Yisrael truly for every individual who sought his assistance in spirituality. With the loss of this great figure, the public faces an overwhelming void as we grapple with the serious issues facing Klal Yisrael. May Rav Schechter’s memory be a blessing for all of Israel, and may Rav Schechter be a meilitz yosher for his family and the entire House of Israel. His friendship with the Igud HaRabbonim will always be cherished, valued, and remembered fondly.”