October 16, 2023

The Rabbinical Alliance of America—Igud HaRabbonim, representing over 950 American rabbis—praises President Joseph Biden’s bold, unprecedented support for the Jewish people and for Israel. On behalf of our membership and the Jewish community, RAA/Igud expresses our deep and heartfelt appreciation for the unequivocal and unwavering moral, material, and military support that President Biden and his Administration have shown for the Jewish people and the State of Israel since the barbaric attacks by murderous terrorists from Hamas on Saturday, October 7, 2023, during the Jewish holiday of Simchas Torah. This unprecedented, unwarranted, and heinous large-scale surprise attack against the Jewish people and Israel saw more than 1,400 civilians brutally attacked and murdered, and over 150 men, women, and children – including babies – taken hostage. With blatant disregard for even basic human decency, terrorists personifying Evil turned one of the most joyous holidays of the year into the bloodiest day in the history of the State of Israel and the worst day in Jewish history since the end of the Holocaust. With the horrific, frightening, and revolting images and stories emerging from Israel, this act of terrorism touches everyone on a deep and personal level.

Immediately after news of the attack and the atrocities committed became known, while we were still in shock and reeling from the news, President Biden stood up not only as the leader of the United States but as an example of morality and friendship. President Biden’s steadfast and unequivocal resolve to stand by the Jewish people and the State of Israel at this traumatic time is greatly appreciated and meaningful. Though he has often expressed his support and friendship to and for the Jewish people and the State of Israel, the passion and strength that he has demonstrated for all the world to see has been a source of great comfort. He has comforted and reassured the Jewish people and the State of Israel not only through his words of sympathy and encouragement but with the military support he has given by dispatching two carrier strike groups to the Middle East. After being the victim of such heinous acts, we feared that we would have to confront this situation by ourselves, that the world would not stand by us, and that we would be abandoned and without friends or support. Through his actions, President Biden ensured that no Jew or Israeli should experience such despair and he has once again shown the world his conviction and his integrity. 

In a world where all too often we see attempts to find moral equivalency in even the most horrific acts committed against innocents, he has stood firmly against such perversity and not only supported our right to defend ourselves but has gone to unprecedented lengths to make sure that the Jewish people and the State of Israel would have the tools to do so. Words are not enough to express our thanks for assuring us and the world that President Biden and the United States have our back at this perilous time. 

It must be noted that his response this past week is not only unprecedented in the history of the relationship between the United States and Israel but in the history of the Jewish people as well. We will not forget that during our darkest times, President Biden not only stood by our side but did so with steadfast resolve and strength. He is, truly, a great friend of Israel and the Jewish people.

We pray that with President Biden’s support, friendship, and assistance, this dark period will soon be over and the world will be able to live in peace.