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...] 

The Rabbinical Alliance Of America Mourns The Passover Synagogue Terrorist Attack In San Diego

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 this Sabbath, Achron Shel Pesach, the last day of Passover, at the Chabad of Poway in San Diego, California while innocent celebrants were sitting down for a holiday meal. Sadly, the terrorist killed a woman and wounded the rabbi and two others. We condemn the 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...] 

The Rabbinical Alliance of America Condemns the Terrorist Murders in Sri Lanka

The Rabbinical Alliance of America – Igud Harabbonim, representing nearly one thousand Rabbis serving throughout the United States – condemns the deadly blasts that hit Sri Lanka that killed nearly 300 people and injured more than 500 other people in simultaneous terrorist attacks at several high-end hotels and churches on Easter Sunday. [...Click headline above for more...] 

An Open Letter to American Liberal Progressive Judaism Leaders

By Rabbi Yehoshua S. Hecht

The Rabbinical Alliance of America, a national rabbinic organization established over 75 years ago, congratulates the Israeli electorate on decisively choosing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and right of center parties, including the United Torah Judaism and Sephardic Shas parties. This free and democratic election bodes well for Israel as it continues to face immense security challenges every day of the year. [...Click headline above for more...] 

Vaccination is Pikuach Nefesh

By: Rabbi Dr. Aaron Glatt
Director, Halachah & Medicine Commission
Rabbinical Alliance of America/Igud HaRabbonim

There is a small, yet very vocal and influential group of “anti-vaxxers” living in our heimishe communities. While I am not questioning their love for their children, they are making a tremendous chillul Hashem and putting all Jews at great risk, both from measles, and rachmana leztlan, anti-semitism. I plead that everyone read this critically important pikuach nefashos article. [...Click headline above for more...] 

Rabbinical Alliance of America Congratulates Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu On His Decisive Election Victory

The Rabbinical Alliance of America – Igud HaRabonim, representing nearly one thousand Orthodox rabbis serving throughout the United States – congratulates Prime Minister of Israel, the honorable Benjamin Netanyahu, on his latest electoral victory which will allow him to form a strong right-of-center coalition government for the people and State of Israel. [...Click headline above for more...]