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The Weekly Igud – With Important Coronavirus Information

News, divrei Torah, invitations and more…

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BS”D
March 26, ’20

Welcome to the weekly newsletter of Igud HaRabbonim, the Rabbinical Alliance of America, in which we share news for and about members, including communal news, announcements, publications, Divrei Torah, press releases and media mentions.

In this newsletter:
• Chaplaincy Commission Update
• Divrei Torah: Vayikra
• Publication: Biurim Al Haggadah Shel Pesach
• President Trump and the Coronavirus Task Force Provide an Update to Americans
• Coronavirus Piskei Halacha
• NASCK COVID-19 Guidelines for Chevros Kadisha (Updated March 25, 2020)
• Rav Eli Hecht: The World Suffers in Pain
• How To Kasher For Pesach
• On Pesach, Stay Home; Save Lives
• RAA guidance and important resource for businesses

Please let us know about your family simchos and l”a aveilus, book publications and career changes or milestones, so we can share as chaveirim our life events. Send updates to rabbi.

TOMORROW: Rosh Chodesh Nisan 5780 Conference

Please join Igud HaRabonim’s Rosh Chodesh Nisan Conference, Thursday March 26 6:30pm

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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 Thursday, March 26, 2020, 29, Adar 5780, 6:30PM. Due to the current global health crisis, this conference will be streamed online and recorded at Zoom.us Meeting ID 498 562 554

At the Rosh Chodesh Nisan conference, we will be addressed by our chaver Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Serebryanski, Rav of Congregation Beth Tikvah in Canarsie, as well as by our Presidium Chairman, Rabbi Yaakov Klass who will deliver the Administrative report. Rabbi Moshe Y. Weiner, the Rav H’Machshir of the Igud’s Kashrus Alliance, the Aleph K will be giving a special Shiur on Hilchos Pesach.

This conference is being dedicated in blessed memory of ר’ שמחה בן ר’ צבי הירש הלוי קירשנער ז”ל, grandfather of Rabbi Yaakov Klass, Presidium Chairman. The entire conference will be viewable at RabbinicalAlliance.org.

Please make every effort to join this important Rosh Chodesh Nisan Igud/RAA Conference during these trying times.

Please remember to complete the Gemara you have chosen to learn for our Chai Ellul Annual Siyum HaShas.

On behalf of the Igud/RAA Presidium and of the Beth Din, I extend greetings of Torah.

Sincerely,

Rabbi Mendy Mirocznik
Executive Vice-President, Rabbinical Alliance of America

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Publication: Biurim Al Haggadah Shel Pesach

Igud HaRabbonim is proud to publish this booklet of commentary on the Haggadah, written by our respected dayan HaRav Yehoshua Grunwald shlit”a

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Igud HaRabbonim is proud to publish this booklet of commentary on the Haggadah, written by our respected dayan HaRav Yehoshua Grunwald shlit”a.

You can download the booklet here: https://rabbinicalalliance.org/2020/03/25/publication-biurim-al-haggadah-shel-pesach/

Biurim Al Haggadah Shel Pesach (PDF)

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Joint Statement: On Pesach, Stay Home; Save Lives

Rabbinic leaders and organizations across the Orthodox spectrum have, individually, declared the health threat presented by COVID-19 a mortal threat

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White House Coronavirus Update

The White House Coronavirus Task Force announced additional actions today as part of the ongoing, government-wide response to the global pandemic

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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
March 21, 2020

President Trump and the White House Coronavirus Task Force announced additional actions today as part of the ongoing, government-wide response to the global pandemic:

  • To help American families and businesses, the Treasury Department announced that Tax Day will be moved from April 15 to July 15. No interest or penalties will be charged for filing during this extended window, but any American expecting refunds or credits may claim now to get their money sooner.

  • To minimize impact on our nation’s students, the Department of Education is temporarily waiving all interest on federally held student loans. Secretary Betsy DeVos has also directed federal lenders to allow borrowers to suspend their student loan payments without penalty for at least the next 60 days.

  • Early, decisive travel restrictions helped slow the spread of Coronavirus to our country. Today, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the United States and Mexico have agreed to restrict non-essential travel across their border.

  • More help is on the way. The Trump Administration worked with Congress last week on a bipartisan deal to deliver economic relief and support for American families, which the President signed into law on Wednesday. More legislative action is expected in the coming days.

∙ As a reminder, this week, President Trump issued a nationwide call to action for every American to help slow the spread of Coronavirus over the next 15 days. We encourage you all to continue to put these guidelines into practice and share them with your communities to help save lives.

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Stay Home, Save Lives, Help Out

Please see attached letter from Rabbi Blank, joint statement and guidelines to keep our communities safe from Coronavirus

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From the desk of Rabbi Leonard ( Yehuda) Blank MS, BCC
Director of Chaplaincy Commission and External Affairs
Rabbinical Alliance of America. Igud HaRabbonim

THIS IS TRULY URGENT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Doctor after doctor in many of our communities including Hatzoloh have stressed how contagious the Coronavirus COVID-19 is and the serious ramifications should the elderly, those with certain medical conditions and compromised immune systems get this disease. There are reports of many in our communities already on life saving respirators. Every member of the Rabbinical Alliance of America/ Igud HaRabbonim must continue to do outreach and spread the word.

Please see below a JOINT STATEMENT by major Orthodox organizations urging people to stay home in order to save lives.

We must also do what is necessary for the homebound, those without any support system and even those with family and friends, might still be lonely and not able to purchase items he/she/ they need everyday. And what about the forthcoming Yom Tov of Pesach. How many need assistance shopping, getting their apartments and homes ready. Many have their pots, pans, dishes, and other needed items that have been stored away, but because they are elderly or not physically able to do so on their own. What kind of help do they need to be ready for Pesach, or getting their kitchens ready .What about those who will not be able to attend a seder with family and others. What about mchiras chometaz biur chametz etc. How many might be embarrassed to ask for help. Also, we must remember not to visit anyone if you might have the sniffles, cold symptoms etc. Also, children can be like adults’ carriers of this virus without any symptoms. It is possible they can be carriers for weeks. These and other thoughts should be on all our member’s minds.

The Rabbinical Alliance of America/Igud HaRabbonim is blessed to have Rabbi Dr. Aaron Glatt as our Director of Medical Halacha Commission and is widely respected as an authority who has given us many serious and vital information and directives. The White House had a call in conference today which was quite informative and reinforced the need for vigilance. I have attached guidelines from the White House. We as members of one of the largest organizations of rabbonim can and do instill much chizuk with congregants ,continued kesher with the Aibershta and a kesher with our medical experts. We can do much to save lives in many ways.

Thank you. Sincerely with much respect,

Yehuda Blank

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White House Coronavirus Guidelines

Please see attached White House guidelines to keeping our communities safe from Coronavirus

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We must convey to our communities the seriousness of the Coronavirus crisis. Too many members of our community—including rabbonim, roshei yeshiva and possibly admorim—have become infected by the virus already. We must take drastic action to prevent further danger.

Please see the CDC’s 15 day guidelines, which are attached and outlined below. Also attached are the COVID-19 Recommended Preventive Practices and FAQs for Faith-based and Community Leaders.

As a reminder, we highly encourage you to review these recommendations and put them into practice. While the President leads a nationwide response, bringing together government resources and private-sector ingenuity, every American can help slow the virus’ spread and keep our most high-risk populations safe:

  1. Listen to and follow the directions of your state and local authorities.
  2. If you feel sick, stay home. Do not go to work. Contact your medical provider.
  3. If your children are sick, keep them at home. Contact your medical provider.
  4. If someone in your household has tested positive for the Coronavirus, keep the entire household at home.
  5. If you are an older American, stay home and away from other people.
  6. If you are a person with a serious underlying health condition—such as a significant heart or lung disease—stay home and away from other people.

The guidelines build on the CDC’s recommendations to help prevent spread of the virus. Americans should continue practicing strict personal hygiene, including washing hands regularly for at least 20 seconds at a time and wiping down surfaces in the home regularly.

Even if you are young and otherwise healthy, you are at risk—and your activities can increase the risk of contracting the Coronavirus for others. Everyone can do their part.

There’s no better way to protect your family and your community than by arming yourself with accurate, up-to-date information on Coronavirus.gov.
We welcome and encourage you all to read and share these best practices with your communities to help save lives.

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The Weekly Igud

News, divrei Torah, invitations and more…

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BS”D
March 19, ’20

Welcome to the weekly newsletter of Igud HaRabbonim, the Rabbinical Alliance of America, in which we share news for and about members, including communal news, announcements, publications, Divrei Torah, press releases and media mentions.

In this newsletter:
• Rosh Chodesh Nisan 5780 Conference
• Chaplaincy Commission Update
• Divrei Torah: Vayakhel
• Rav Yitzchak Yosef: Coronavirus and Tefillah on Shabbos
• Rav Yitzchak Yosef: Coronavirus and Cellphones on Shabbos
• Podcast: Interview with Rav Dr Aaron Glatt
• Hamodia: “Tipping Point” interview with Rav Dr Glatt
• DOH Guidelines for Houses of Worship
• Hamodia: Rav Gershon Tannenbaum zt”l
• 5TJT: Rosh Chodesh Shvat

Please let us know about your family simchos and l”a aveilus, book publications and career changes or milestones, so we can share as chaveirim our life events. Send updates to rabbi.