Rav Dr. Aaron Glatt at the White House

President Joseph Biden publicly acknowledged Rav Dr. Aaron Glatt, Director of RAA/Igud’s Halacha and Medicine Commission, for his role in fighting Covid and his insights into Chanukah. Rav Glatt was then honored with lighting the menorah at the White House. This was a well earned honor by a distinguished scholar and communal leader whom Igud is proud to count among its leadership. [...Click headline above for more...] 

Power 100

Mazel tov to RAA/Igud’s executive vice president, Rav Mendy Mirocznik, for being listed as number 88 in Staten Island’s Power 100. This is important recognition of Rav Mirocznik’s many good deeds to benefit Klal Yisroel and people in general. [...Click headline above for more...] 

Rav Frager: Reflections on The Age of Colin Powell 1983-2004

Our chaver, Rav Dr. Joseph Frager, reflects on the career of former Secretary of State Colin Powell in Arutz Sheva, October 29, 2021

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Reflections on The Age of Colin Powell 1983-2004

With the recent passing of former Secretary of State Colin Powell, it is important to turn back a few pages and go down memory lane. The age of Colin Powell was for the most part America at is strongest and most decisive. It was an America that the America of today could truly learn from and aspire to become again. Colin Powell who became the highest ranking African American General of his generation and given the highest Cabinet position ever granted an African American at the time-Secretary of State, was part of an America on the rise. I wish it were so now but it is far from it at this juncture.
In 1983 Colin Powell was senior military assistant to Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger. Colin Powell was a very different person than his boss. I will never forget what Caspar Weinberger did to Jonathan Pollard. Colin Powell on the other hand led the successful invasion of Grenada which freed many Americans many of whom were medical students who had been trapped there. He also helped navigate the air strikes in 1986 against Muammar Gaddafi in retaliation for the terrorist bombing of a discotheque frequented by American soldiers stationed in West Berlin. In 1989 as the National Security Advisor to President George H. W. Bush, he led the invasion of Panama and capture of its authoritarian ruler Manuel Antonio Noriega who had amassed a personal fortune through drug trafficking. [...Click headline above for more...]