Divrei Torah: Shemos

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...] 

Letter from Rabbi Pesach Lerner about Five Billion Dollars for Torah projects

Kevod HaRabbonim shlit”a,

Please read below and respond. This is a major effort to 1) prevent anti-religious groups from getting BILLIONS of dollars from communal funds and to 2) direct those funds towards Torah projects. The outcome of this election can change the nature and future of Eretz Yisroel for decades to come. Rav Elya Brudny discussed the importance of this effort at the recent Agudah convention. On the Eretz HaKodesh website, you can see articles about the potential negative outcome if we do not mobilize to counter the anti-Torah forces. [...Click headline above for more...] 

The Rabbinical Alliance of America Objects to Anti-Semitic Rhetoric in Traditional and Social Media

The Rabbinical Alliance of America — Igud HaRabbonim, representing over 950 American rabbis — commends Governor Phil Murphy and Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal for calling to stop the spread of hate on a local Facebook group, Rise Up Ocean County. For a long time, this group has hosted broad anti-Semitic content and comments in the context of changing demographics in Ocean County, New Jersey. Internet providers and content hosts need to act responsibly in their role as platforms for ideas that affect the broader culture, and can lead to bloody violence. [...Click headline above for more...]