National Organization Joins With Bukharian Leaders To Celebrate Torah Revolution

The secret to the success of the thriving Orthodox Jewish community was discussed at a meeting of two major organizations. On May 5, Rosh Chodesh Iyar, the Rabbinical Alliance of America held its monthly conference together with the leadership of the Beth Gavriel Jewish Center of the Bukharian community in Forest Hills, New York. Over 80 rabbis gathered to discuss the remarkable success of the Bukharian community in nurturing Jewish continuity through intensive education, and the formidable task still remaining. [...Click headline above for more...] 

Rabbinical Alliance of America Condemns the Barrage of Rockets and Mortars Fired by Terrorists into Israel

With profound sorrow and grief, The Rabbinical Alliance of America (RAA) — Igud HaRabbonim, with a membership of over 950 Orthodox Rabbis across the United States and Canada — extends its boundless expression of support and solidarity to the victims, their families, and the survivors of the brutal, horrendous terrorist attack that took place over a span of 36 hours where Israel suffered from a barrage of over 600 rockets and mortars fired indiscriminately by terrorists in Gaza. This attack comes from civilian areas in Gaza and is aimed at civilian centers in Israel, demonstrating once again a cynical disregard for the lives and futures of the people of Gaza as well as those of the Jewish, Christian, Muslim and other residents of Israel. Tragically, the sole aim of these terrorists is to kill, maim and terrorize citizens of Israel. These actions by Hamas and Islamic Jihad are simply unconscionable. No nation on Earth can tolerate this wanton act of war against civilians. [...Click headline above for more...] 

Igud Halacha Challenge, Iyar 5779

Milk for Four Cups at the Seder

If you cannot afford wine for the Seder, can you use milk for the Four Cups?

Igud Halacha Challenge Iyar 5779

This month’s she’eilah for you to consider and answer:


אם רב שכח לספור ספירת העומר, האם יש איזה היתר בשבילו לספור בברכה בציבור כדי לא להתבייש? [...Click headline above for more...] 

Psak from Rabbi Yaakov Spivak: A Women May Not Serve As Sandek

Can A Woman Serve as a Sandek?

I was asked by the Halachic (Jewish Law) Committee of the Igud HaRabbonim/Rabbinical Alliance of America to confront the question of the appropriateness of action by a certain so-called Orthodox synagogue that has women serve as the sandek (holder of the baby) as the Mohel removes the foreskin. The answer is given directly by the Remah (Rabbi Moshe Isserles) in the Shulchan Aruch (Code of Jewish Law) 265:11:  [...Click headline above for more...] 

Invitation Iyar 5779 Rosh Chodesh Seudah

Dear Rabbis:

Please join us for the Rabbinical Alliance of America’s Rosh Chodesh Iyar Conference which is scheduled to take place on Sunday, May 5, 2019, First Day Rosh Chodesh Iyar, 10:00AM. The Rosh Chodesh Iyar Conference will be hosted and sponsored by Chazaq, where our Chaver, Rabbi Yaniv Meirov is the Chief Officer. The Conference will be taking place at the Beth Gavriel Community Center, located at 66-35 108th Street, Forest Hills, New York. [...Click headline above for more...]