Rabbinical Alliance of America thanks President Donald Trump for Standing with the Jewish Community as we mourn the Victims of the Pittsburgh Massacre

Brooklyn, NY: On Wednesday, November 8, 2018, at the monthly Rosh Chodesh (Kislev) conference of the Rabbinical Alliance of America/Igud HaRabbonim (RAA/IGUD), Rabbi Yehoshua S. Hecht, presidium chairman of the RAA/IGUD, memorialized the 11 martyrs of the Pittsburgh Massacre of Shabbat, October 27, 2018. Rabbi Hecht acknowledged with deep appreciation the heartfelt efforts of President Donald Trump in demonstrating his support of the Jewish community during these trying and difficult times. [...Click headline above for more...] 

In Support of President Donald J. Trump

The Rabbinical Alliance of America – Igud HaRabbonim, representing nearly one thousand rabbis and spiritual leaders serving throughout these blessed United States of America – hereby expresses thanks and appreciation to President Donald J. Trump and to his administration for the swift and immediate condemnation of the evil and tragic massacre of our fellow Jews at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  [...Click headline above for more...] 

The Rabbinical Alliance Of America Mourns The Tragic Synagogue Shooting On Shabbat Morning Parshat Vayerah

With profound sorrow and grief, we extend our boundless expressions of support and solidarity to the victims, their families, and the survivors of the brutal, horrendous attack that took place this Sabbath morning at the Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. We commend the brave members of the Pittsburgh Police Department and first–responders who rushed to aid the injured and to courageously contain the appalling and evil carnage perpetrated by a malevolent and hateful individual seeking to murder innocent people gathered in celebration of faith, life and community. [...Click headline above for more...] 

RAA/IGUD Letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu In Support of the Israeli Chief Rabbinate

Dear Prime Minister Netanyahu:

We are alarmed to learn of the pressure being exerted by some Members of Knesset and by an organization called ITIM among others — who are actively joining with the American Reform and Conservative movements and the secular Federation — in expressing their hostility to the Chief Rabbinate and aggressively calling for the State of Israel to remove the Chief Rabbinate from all matters pertaining to marriage, divorce and faith identity. [...Click headline above for more...] 

Rabbinical Alliance of America/Igud HaRabbonim Celebrates 10th Chag HaSemicha of Kollel Ayshel at Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan Seudah

By: Fern Sidman

A palpable electricity filled the air at the Aur Torah Sephardic Minyan of Staten Island on Wednesday evening, October 10th (Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan) as over 300 people gathered for the monthly Rosh Chodesh (Cheshvan) Suedah and Conference of the Rabbinical Alliance of America/Igud HaRabbonim dedicated in honor of the 10th Chag HaSemicha of the world renowned Kollel Ayshel Avraham Rabbinical Seminary under the exemplary leadership of HaGaon HaRav Yaakov Dovid Spivak, Shlit’a. Each successive Chag HaSemicha has graduated the finest Rabbonim who go on to proudly serve Klall Yisroel in multiple capacities. [...Click headline above for more...] 

The Rabbinical Alliance of America Condemns Hate Crime Committed Against Man In Boro Park Incident

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The Rabbinical Alliance of America Condemns Hate Crime Committed Against Man in Boro Park Incident

The Rabbinical Alliance of America (RAA) — Igud HaRabbonim, with a membership of over 950 Orthodox Rabbis — condemns Monday’s anti-Semitic attack against Mr. Lipa Schwartz, a 62-year-old A Jewish resident of Borough Park, Brooklyn. Mr. Schwartz was walking quietly, on his way to prayer services, when Farrukh Afzal, allegedly pulled up in a car, sprang from the vehicle and viciously beat the victim. Mr. Schwartz said the attacker spoke a foreign language he believed may have been Arabic. Mr. Schwartz suffered facial and head injuries. [...Click headline above for more...] 

His Honor Mayor “X”

by Rabbi Yehoshua S. Hecht, Chairman of RAA Presidium

Katie Honan, a reporter for the Wall Street Journal (10/10/18), gave an account of how the honorable Mayor of the City of New York signed into law a bill that will create a third gender option on birth certificates. The Mayor is quoted as stating “How can someone have happiness if they cannot be who they are? How can someone be free and have liberty if they are not recognized for who they see themselves to be?”  [...Click headline above for more...]