Chaplaincy Commission Update

From the desk of Rabbi Leonard ( Yehuda ) Blank MS, BCC
Director of Chaplaincy Commission and External Affairs
Rabbinical Alliance of America/Igud HaRabbonim
917-446-2126 rablenblank@gmail.com

Rabbi Shimon Finkelman, author of many sefarim including about HaGoan, HaRAv Moshe Feinstein ztkl and is a rebbe at Yeshiva Darchei Torah, was the guest speaker for the Bais Medrash L’Torah V’Horah Kollel of MTJ Yeshiva’s melave malka this past Motzei Shabbos with HaGoan HaRav Dovid Feinstein and other chashuva rabbonim in attendance. He spoke about different aspects and examples of being maker tov and offering hakaros hatov. One such example was before Moshe Rabbainu went to Mitzrayim following the Aibershta’s request, Moshe Rabbainu first went to Yisro his father in law for permission to leave and go to Mitzrayim. He did so ,as he was grateful for whatever Yisro did for him, his wife and children. He was maker tov and conveyed his hakaros hatov appreciation to Yisro. [...Click headline above for more...] 

Chaplaincy Commission Update

From the desk of Rabbi Leonard ( Yehuda ) Blank MS, BCC
Director of Chaplaincy Commission and External Affairs
Rabbinical Alliance of America/Igud HaRabbonim
917-446-2126 rablenblank@gmail.com

 
There was once a situation in a synagogue where one person requested the window near him to be closed. Another person requested the window to be kept open. Rather than compromising and working a solution such as changing seats, or working out a compromise when the window can be closed, open, just a little and so on, they both ended up leaving the synagogue. One of the most well known role models was Aharon HaKohain Gadol who sought and brought peace, kindness and goodness amongst and between each other. [...Click headline above for more...] 

Chaplaincy Commission Update

From the desk of Rabbi Leonard (Yehuda) Blank, MS, BCC
Director of Chaplaincy Commission and External Affairs
Rabbinical Alliance of America/Igud HaRabbonim
917-446-2126 rablenblank@gmail.com

So many things are going on in the world today. Some exciting, some frightening, some it can’t be true, some I cannot believe it is so. Whatever the case, we always’ say everything is minhashamayim and if you ask our Gedolim, they will say that is so and we should continue to have Emunah true faith and Btochim in the Aibershta. But, we also must do our hishtadlis. We have to do our part in doing what is best, what is correct, what is the right thing to do. For instance, dealing with medical issues, concerns and decisions – we often seek advice from the rabbi’s who we are familiar with and surely those who are knowledgeable in various areas of halacha and medical expertise. Should a rabbi not be familiar with certain medical information, he would be willing with permission of the patient or health care proxy to speak to a doctor or medical team when necessary and discuss the situation with the patient and or health care proxy.  [...Click headline above for more...] 

Rav Glatt on Coronavirus

Rabbi Dr. Aaron Glatt, Director of RAA/Igud’s Halacha and Medicine Commision, describes the dangers of the coronavirus, and the likelihood of a potential outbreak. He explains why this illness is different than other viruses, including the flu. He shares advice and hashkafa from Gedolim about similar illnesses and how we should respond. [...Click headline above for more...] 

Chaplaincy Commission Update

From the desk of Rabbi Leonard (Yehuda) Blank, MS, BCC
Director of Chaplaincy Commission and External Affairs
Rabbinical Alliance of America/Igud Harabbonim
917-446-2126 rablenblank@gmail.com

With the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, and many of the leaders and heads of states of different countries throughout the world coming together In Israel, proclaiming their support of never again I would like to share just a few experiences of hospice chaplains and patients who survived the Holocaust. [...Click headline above for more...] 

Chaplaincy Commission Update

From the Desk of Rabbi Leonard ( Yehuda ) Blank MS, BCC
Director of Chaplaincy Commission and External Affairs
Rabbinical Alliance of America /Igud HaRabbonim
917-446-2126 rablenblank@gmail.com

The Talmud relates in one of this week’s daf yomi how Rabban Yochanan ben Zakai was careful to promote peace with all people. No one ever greeted him first. Rather, he made sure to offer the first greeting . The Talmud mentions that one should increase peace with every man. When, I think of how chaplains relate with a patient in a hospital setting for instance, greeting the patient, being in the present with him/her, sharing and receiving. Or the congregational rabbi whose challenges dealing with difficult and personal situations that calls for tremendous finesse, understanding, fortitude and often TLC, tender loving care. Or those who are in professions caring for others. No matter what the persons background, religious beliefs, culture or life style, we can make the difference in how we offer our care for our fellow human being and at the same time making a Kiddush H. For those we offer our kindness and expertise to, we often can make the difference in a persons life and in the realm of Yiddishkeit, with the right approaches can save Yiddisha neshamos. [...Click headline above for more...] 

Chaplaincy Commission Update

From the desk of Rabbi Leonard (Yehuda) Blank MS, BCC
Director of Chaplaincy Commission and External Affairs
Rabbinical Alliance of America/ Igud HaRabbonim
917-446-2126  rablenblank@gmail.com

I continue to receive referrals requesting job positions as chaplains in health care facilities and other institutions. Even though some of those seeking such positions have various types of educational degrees, there is no substitute for Clinical Pastoral Education and if possible, to seek Board Certification from a reputable chaplaincy organization authorized to confer BCC. Many well-known hospitals and other health related facilities request their chaplains to have taken CPE. I have been asked though, is it possible a health care facility would be willing to accept someone without CPE- my response-that is up to the requirements of each individual institution. For additional information about CPE, where CPE is given please contact me at the email or cell number given above. Please note, that CPE is an intensive course and just like any other degree or certificate program, it is not for everybody.  [...Click headline above for more...] 

Chaplaincy Commission Update

From the desk of Rabbi Leonard (Yehuda) Blank MS, BCC
Director of Chaplaincy Commission and External Affairs
Rabbinical Alliance of America/Igud HaRabbonim
917-446-2126 rablenblank@gmail.com

The monthly Rabbinical Alliance of America/Igud HaRabbonim meeting was jam packed with meaningful, informative presentations. You can read all about the main aspects of this meeting by Rabbi Mirocznik in his article. [...Click headline above for more...]