Rabbinical Alliance of America Announces Proclamation Appreciating Chevra Kadisha During the Covid Pandemic

The Rabbinical Alliance of America-Igud HaRabbonim, representing over 950 American Orthodox Rabbis announces proclamation appreciating Chevra Kadisha heroic efforts during the Covid Pandemic.

The Chevra Kadisha, literally the “sacred fellowship” is the volunteer group that performs the final rites and burial preparations for the Jewish deceased. According to Jewish tradition, Jewish burial is considered a sacred duty and a great kindness, and it is an honor to be included in this group of dedicated volunteers. [...Click headline above for more...] 

Mazal Tov

Mazal tov to Director of RAA/Igud, Rav Moish and Sorah Schmerler on the bar mitzvah of their son, Yedidyah, celebrated in the privacy of their home. May brocho rest on this bar mitzvah boy whose simcha that was hidden from the public eye. [...Click headline above for more...] 

Chaplaincy Newsletter 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 May 21,2020 There is an old cliché’ behind every husband is his wife. My mantra is my wife is my co-pilot. To me my wife has always been my co-pilot and I attribute anything of value that I have done and continues to do to my Ashis Chayil. I am therefore dedicating this article to her. May Keila Lutza bas Tziporah have a refuah shelaima. She has been my guiding light, my inspiration in so many ways. Just this week she gave me the following and with her permission I am sharing this with you. “When things look blue it helps to remember that tomorrow is another day and will be a brighter day”. We all have our challengers and have mentioned many times about emunah and btachen. But, one of the real challenges is the internal fight of “I know whatever the Aibershta does is for the best”. Yet, emotionally, how can a person face the unknown or the “what will be”and still have that emunah and btachen. Yes, we daven and can cry out to the Aibershta our Hailika Tatte. But as I mentioned in previous articles it is wise to seek the advice and brachos from our mentors, our Gedolim and if need be a counselor whether it be a social worker or a psychologist and of course the support of those who are our loved ones. Through the years, I have been zoche to know Gedolim. worked and collaborated professionally with those in the health and mental health field. In addition to my chaplaincy and other positions, I spearheaded the Manhattan Coalition on Mental Health Issues of the Elderly and was the Executive Director of the Lower Manhattan Health Care Coalition. Perhaps one day, I will share with you why she encouraged me to pursue the reasons I spearheaded and co-chaired the Manhattan Coalition on Mental Health Issues of the Elderly. Recently, I gained much insight from Dr. Norman Blumenthal who is OHEL’s Director of Trauma and Crises Response. I attribute my achievements to the Aibershta, to my co-pilot who continuously inspires me with all her own btachen, emunah and maysim tovim, family, mentors, and many colleagues in the various fields through the years. My wife discourages me from tooting my own horn, so I surely am not going to share any of my other achievements, but to say she gave me as my co-pilot a meaningful flight plan which always includes Torah, Avodah,Gemilus ,Chasadim, kindness and caring for others. Do not look at what was not accomplished, be proud, look at what was accomplished and take it from there. She continues to imbue hope even when hope might seem dismal at times for we trust in the Ribono Shel Olam. “I trust in Your loving kindness, my heart will exult in Your deliverance, I will sing to the Holy One for He has dealt kindly with me”. Psalm 13. 6 It is not uncommon for a person who is experiencing pain or discomfort -physical or otherwise to cry out to the Aibershta “why, what is happening to me, what do you want from me”. It should not be looked at as a lack of faith. We should try to have feelings and understanding what he or she is going through. Are miracles possible, can things change for the better. We hope as chaplains and as rabbis to utilize appropriate words of hope, of meaning, with proper wisdom, compassion, respect, care, and knowledge together with the holy words of our prayers to bring comfort and hope to that person. May all cholim have a refuah shelaima and everyday be filled with much kindness, goodness and comfort. Sincerely, Yehuda Blank Please take the time to read the following important informational flyers from; OHEL Children Home and Family Services TTI= Testing and Training International CAHE= Center for Allied Health Education

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Rosh Chodesh Sivan Conference This Sunday

Dear Rabbis:

Despite this ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, the Rabbinical Alliance of America will continue its long-standing practice of holding a monthly conference on or near Rosh Chodesh. Therefore, to maintain a sense of normalcy and continuity, lehagdil Torah ulehaadira, we ask you all to please mark your calendars for the Rabbinical Alliance of America’s Rosh Chodesh Nisan Conference which is scheduled to take place on Sunday, May 24, 2020, 1, Sivan 5780, 7:00PM. Due to the current global health crisis, this conference will be streamed online and recorded at Zoom.us Meeting ID 915 0680 5156  Password: igud2020 https://zoom.us/j/91506805156?pwd=dmNTSXJlMmIvMjYvZncrWUkrWDRxdz09&status=success [...Click headline above for more...] 

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