An Open Letter from the Rabbinical Alliance of America to Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi to Clarify Representative Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez’s Usage of the Holocaust to Equate Detention Centers on the United States Southern Border with Nazi-era Concentration Camps

Dear Speaker Pelosi:

On behalf of the 950-member Rabbis of the Rabbinical Alliance of America/Igud HaRabbonim (RAA/IGUD) serving throughout the United States, I am calling on you to clarify some disturbing and painful statements declared by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Representative Ocasio-Cortez used disturbing language in her recent Instagram live video which seeks to equate the detention centers on America’s southern border with Nazi-era Concentration Camps. [...Click headline above for more...] 

Rabbinical Alliance of America Applauds Governor Andrew Cuomo for Taking Action Against Anti-Semitism

The Rabbinical Alliance of America – Igud HaRabbonim, with a membership of over 950 Orthodox Rabbis across the United States – extends its appreciation to New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo on condemning the anti-Semitic writing on the Jewish Children’s Museum located in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, New York. The statement, “Hitler is Coming,” was drawn on the museum’s large mural for good resolutions. [...Click headline above for more...] 

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...] 

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...]