The Weekly Igud

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January 13, ’22

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:
• Save the Date: Rosh Chodesh Adar 1 Seudah on Jan 31
• Divrei Torah: Beshalach
• Chaplaincy Commission Update
• Upcoming Yahrtzeits 13 Shvat-20 Shvat
• 5TJT: Bronx Fire
• Jewish Voice: Bronx Fire
• Urgent Update on the Bronx Apartment Building Fire Response
• The Rabbinical Alliance of America Joins New York City in Mourning the Nineteen People Who Died in a Tragic Bronx Fire

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Urgent Update on the Bronx Apartment Building Fire Response

The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York needs urgent funds to help survivors of the fire

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Dear Rabbis:

No words can adequately describe the immeasurable pain following the horrific fire in the Bronx. So many families have lost loved ones and desperately need our support as they face this sudden devastation.

We have been in contact with several government agencies, communal groups, and community partners to ascertain the most strategic initiatives for assistance.

We have been told that there is an immediate need for financial help and contributions should be directed at this time to The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York to support victims of the Bronx apartment building fire.

We are most grateful to all of you for your willingness to help the many people who are hurting so deeply during this heartbreaking time. Please make donations in multiples of 18 to increase the Kiddush Hashem.

May the affected families find comfort and safety in their time of need.

Sincerely,

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

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From CJV: Help Preserve the Kotel!

Message from the Coalition for Jewish Values

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Dear Friend,

Several years ago, the last time there was a plan to change the Kotel and challenge our Mesorah, you signed our petition to preserve the site as a place of prayer, unity, and sanctity. At that time, Rabbi Lerner and I were privileged to join an Am Echad mission to Israel that, as you know, was ultimately successful. Thanks to strong opposition from voices in Israel alongside that of Am Echad, the plan was shelved.

Now, sadly, the new government has decided to revive this effort, and we need your help once again.

I am enclosing below both the text that you signed in 2018, and the current petition. You do not need to sign again. You will see that the texts both express the same idea, and we fully expect that you still want your voice to be part of this effort. If you do not want your name included with the new Am Echad text, please let me know.

We do, however, need renewed efforts to gain thousands more signatures. Because all the observant parties are in the opposition in the current government, they have much less say and thus the situation is much more dire.

Please share this letter with your friends. Consider especially the thousands who became young Jewish adults in the last four years. It is they, along with all others who did not sign four years ago, whom we need to sign now!

Here is the text of the old and then new petitions, for you to compare. Again, we expect you will want to add your name, regardless of which version is sent, and thus you only need to notify us if you do not wish to sign the new version.

Previous (CJV) Version

We, the undersigned, cherish traditional Jewish prayer at Jerusalem’s Holy Western Wall. We ask that the current Western Wall plaza be reserved for traditional prayer in accordance with millennia of Jewish tradition.

We also request preservation of the Western Wall as a place of prayer, not politics. We ask that no changes be made that will harm archaeological sites without natural, organic demand from those coming to pray.

New (Am Echad) Text

The Kotel is the heart of the Jewish people. Despite our differences, it unites us as a symbol of our nation’s millennia-old tradition and history.

We, Diaspora Jews, are writing to warn you against making the critical mistake of partitioning the Kotel. This will create a rift and distance Jews from Israel and from each other, and will endanger the continued unity of our people.

The implementation of the Kotel Compromise, violating the centuries-old prayer tradition, will send a clear message to millions of Jews around the world that the State of Israel has given up on our sacred values and bonds.

Don’t partition the Kotel. Don’t compromise its sanctity.

If you did not sign the 2018 text, then please click here to sign the new text.
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The Weekly Igud

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January 6, ’22

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:
• 5TJT: Blessing and Praising New Mayor
• Divrei Torah: Bo
• Upcoming Yahrtzeits 6 Shvat-13 Shvat
• Chaplaincy Commission Update
• JP Luach Bo 5782
• The Rabbinical Alliance of America Applauds Mayor Elect Eric Adams on his Support of the Yeshiva Curriculum
• The Rabbinical Alliance of America Blesses Mayor Eric Adams Upon Becoming the 110th Mayor of the City of New York

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STARTING NOW: Rosh Chodesh Shevat Conference 5782 on Zoom

Sunday, Jan. 2 at 6pm, Zoom 273 226 8374

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TODAY at 6pm NY time on Zoom

Dear Rabbis:

Please mark your calendars for the Rabbinical Alliance of America’s Rosh Chodesh Shevat Conference. Due to recent developments in the health situation, the conference is being moved to Zoom on Sunday, January 2, 2022, 1 Shevat 5782, 6:00 PM. The Zoom meeting ID is 273 226 8374, the passcode is igud2022 Click here on January 2 at 6pm to join the conference

An inspiring and motivational program is planned. Please make every effort to attend this important Rosh Chodesh Shevat Igud/RAA Conference, as is our custom important topics will be discussed.

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

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

Sincerely,

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

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TODAY: Rosh Chodesh Shevat Conference 5782 on Zoom

Sunday, Jan. 2 at 6pm, Zoom 273 226 8374

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TODAY at 6pm NY time on Zoom

Dear Rabbis:

Please mark your calendars for the Rabbinical Alliance of America’s Rosh Chodesh Shevat Conference. Due to recent developments in the health situation, the conference is being moved to Zoom on Sunday, January 2, 2022, 1 Shevat 5782, 6:00 PM. The Zoom meeting ID is 273 226 8374, the passcode is igud2022 Click here on January 2 at 6pm to join the conference

An inspiring and motivational program is planned. Please make every effort to attend this important Rosh Chodesh Shevat Igud/RAA Conference, as is our custom important topics will be discussed.

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

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

Sincerely,

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

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The Weekly Igud

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December 30, ’21

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:
• 5TJT: Discriminatory Law Averted
• Divrei Torah: Va’eira
• Upcoming Yahrtzeits 28 Teives-6 Shvat
• Chaplaincy Commission Update
• JNS: Governor Hochul’s Veto
• Letter to Israel in Support of Chief Rabbi
• 5TJT: Adams Admin, Kotel
• The Rabbinical Alliance of America Applauds Governor Kathy Hochul for Vetoing the Blooming Grove Community Preservation Bill Due to its Antisemitic Nature

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MOVED TO ZOOM: Rosh Chodesh Shevat Conference 5782

Sunday, Jan. 2 at 6pm, Zoom 273 226 8374

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23 Teves 5782
December 27, 2021

Dear Rabbis:

Please mark your calendars for the Rabbinical Alliance of America’s Rosh Chodesh Shevat Conference. Due to recent developments in the health situation, the conference is being moved to Zoom on Sunday, January 2, 2022, 1 Shevat 5782, 6:00 PM. The Zoom meeting ID is 273 226 8374, the passcode is igud2022 Click here on January 2 at 6pm to join the conference

An inspiring and motivational program is planned. Please make every effort to attend this important Rosh Chodesh Shevat Igud/RAA Conference, as is our custom important topics will be discussed.

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

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

Sincerely,

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

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The Weekly Igud

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BS”D
December 23, ’21

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
• Rav Shlomo Amar: Letter to RAA/Igud about the Kotel
• Divrei Torah: Shmos
• Upcoming Yahrtzeits 21 Teives-28 Teives
• Jewish Vues: Yeshiva Independence
• Queens Jewish Link: Yeshiva Independence
• Covid Update – Motzei Shabbos, Dec 25 8:30pm
• Jewish Press: Kotel Sanctity and Support for Chief Rabbinate
• The Rabbinical Alliance of America Calls Upon the Incoming Adams Administration to Respect and Maintain the Independence of the Yeshiva Educational System
• Yahrzeit of HoRav Avrohom Dov Hecht zt”l

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