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January 2, '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:
• RAA at Siyum HaShas
• Divrei Torah: Vayigash
• Rosh Chodesh Teives 5780 Conference
• Chaplaincy Commission Update
• WMC Radio: Rav Mirocznik on Anti-Semitism
• 5TJT: Monsey Attack
• Jewish Voice: Monsey Attack
• Rabbinical Alliance of America Joins the United States in Mourning the Victims of the West Freeway Church Massacre
• Rabbinical Alliance of America Calls For Immediate Response to Violent Anti-Semitism

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

RAA at Siyum HaShas

RAA/IGUD at the 13th Siyum HaShas at Met Life Stadium.

Pictured is Rabbi Dovid Katz, Menahel, Igud sitting next to Rabbi Eliezer Ginsburg, Rosh Kollel Mirrer Yeshiva and Rov, Agudas Yisroel Zichron Shmuel. Behind sitting Rabbi Mendy Mirocznik, Executive Vice-President Igud HaRabbonim and Rabbi Yaakov Klass, Presidium Chairman, Igud HaRabbonim.

Next picture Rabbi Mendy Mirocznik, Executive Vice-President RAA/IGUD standing next to Chazan Yitzchok Meir Helfgot who made the Maley in memory of the 6 Million Kedoshim Martyrs of the Holocaust


Rabbi Mendy Mirocznik, Executive Vice-President, RAA/IGUD at Maariv as Rabbi Eliezer Ginsburg is at the Amud serving as Shliyach Tzibbur

What a remarkable Kiddush Hashem and celebration of limud HaTorah organized by Agudath Israel of America.

Special Yashar Koach to Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel, Executive Vice-President of Agudath Israel of America and to his hard working staff.

Looking forward to Siyum HaShas 14


Divrei Torah: Vayigash

Special audio:
Rabbi Katz – Vayigash 5780

Rabbi Ziegler - Vayigash 5780

Vayigash - Rabbi Ziegler 5776

Vayigash - Rabbi Ziegler 5775

Vayigash - Rabbi Ziegler 5774

Vayigash - Rabbi Ziegler 5772

Vayigash - Rabbi Ziegler 5771

Vayigash - Rabbi Ziegler 5770

Vayigash - Rabbi Stern 5740

Vayigash - Rabbi Rokeach 5774

Vayigash - Rabbi Rokeach 5773

Vayigash - Rabbi Rokeach 5770

Vayigash - Rabbi Mandel 5771

Vayigash - Rabbi Mandel 5770

Vayigash - Rabbi Kirsh 5772

Vayigash - Rabbi Kirsh 5770

Vayigash - Rabbi Kirsh 5769

Vayigash - Rabbi Hecht 5743

Vayigash – Liska Rebbe 5776


Rosh Chodesh Teives 5780 Conference

You are invited to Igud HaRabonim’s Rosh Chodesh Teives Conference, Sunday, January 5 9:30am at Kahal Bnei Matisyahu, 1235 East 35th St, Brooklyn, NY

Dear Rabbis,

Please mark your calendars for the Rabbinical Alliance of America’s Rosh Chodesh Teves Conference which is scheduled to take place on Sunday, January 5, 2020, 8, Teves 5780, 9:30 AM at Kahal Bnei Matisyahu, located at 1235 East 35th Street, (entrance through the driveway) Brooklyn, New York 11210, where our Presidium Chairman, Rabbi Yaakov Klass is the Rabbi.

The Rosh Chodesh Teves conference is dedicated by Rabbi Yaakov Klass “l’ilui nishmas his mother in law Mrs. Chana Chaya Henna Rashe Spanier a”h, yahrzeit 9 Teves; and in honor of his father R’ Anshel b’R’ Moshe Feivel Klass z”l, birthday 9 Teves.”

At the Rosh Chodesh Teves conference, we will be addressed by our host, Rabbi Yaakov Klass, as well as by Rabbi Elchonon Zohn, director of the Chevra Kadishe of the Vaad HaRabonim of Queens and founder and President of the National Association of Chevra Kadisha (“NASCK”), an organization that provides support and networking for Chevros Kadisha. Our Vice-President, Rabbi Joseph Salamon, will be the Chairman of the Rosh Chodesh Conference.

Please make every effort to attend this important Rosh Chodesh Teves 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 Ellul Annual Siyum HaShas.

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


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



Chaplaincy Commission Update

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

In the past number of my articles, I shared how important we are as ambassadors of the Aibershta. It is interesting to note that Rav Yitzchok Eisenman of Ahavas Israel in Passaic, NJ sent a message to those who will be attending the Siyum Hashas should have nice smiles, be pleasant and nice to one and all. We might think that is a given, but we must always encourage our mispallim, relatives, friends and neighbors to set the examples as did Avraham Avinu and Sara Imainu by conveying sincere midos for one and all. I attended the Siyam Hashas Daf Yomi and every Met Stadium staff person, I encountered was truly grateful for the smiling thank you and have a good year expressed by the many participants who were nice to them.

It was amazing to be amongst the tens of thousands even with the cold weather which did not impede them from attending. It was also fantastic to see the live streaming of participants in many parts of the world that were shown on the huge stadium screens. Everyone received a package of information, hand, foot and body warmers with many warming areas and hot water and coffee available.

Many aspects of the entire program were inspiring. Especially, when touched upon how the Holocaust survivors who were present, continued to retain their faith and have been participating in their Torah learning. The holy words of the tefilos everyone recited together brought tears to many for those things we pray for to the Aibershta. In a poignant moment, HaGaon HaRav Kamenetsky thanked HaGaon HaRav Dovid Feinstein for giving over the zechus of making the Siyum. After he made the Siyum and the kaddish was said -the great energy of this simcha – the singing, the music and the dancing burst through the air. The spontaneous dancing and singing could be seen and heard from the ground level to the upper levels and throughout the stadium. It is interesting to note, that there were many who kept saying people will not attend the Siyum at Met Stadium because of the weather. Well, they were wrong. In fact, Agudah was receiving phone calls for tickets even as late as this week.

We heard from our Gedolim, in spite of the recent terrible acts of anti Semitisim, we cannot and must not give up in our faith and fortitude. For those who have ill feelings against the Jewish people it will be a hard nut to crack, but we must try to make inroads whether it be legal, law enforcement, prayers, achdus, and so on.

There are two due dates for registration. One for the special ABA program offered by TTI
ABA is a field that is suitable for many men and women in our community. Behavior Analysts are generally required to use a lot of analytical skills and smarts to succeed in their work. BCBA’s/LBA’s oversee the care and therapy given to the individuals that qualify for this therapy. Most people receiving this therapy fall under the autism spectrum. The goal of ABA therapy is to assist these individuals in leading functional and fulfilling lives.
TTI is the only frum program today with 4 pathways to becoming a BCBA/LBA!
2. BCBA Certificate
3. LBA Certificate ( Please see the attached TTI ad )
4. Masters in ABA

The program deadline is approaching on January 24th!

The other registration is for the YIEP degree programs. ( Please see the attached YIEP ad).

Please see RAA archives for articles and updates.

Don’t forget the forthcoming RAA monthly meeting this coming Sunday January 5th at 9:30 AM
at HaRav Yaakov Klass synagogue, Congregation Kahal Bnei Matisyahu 1235 East 35th Street,
Brooklyn, NY. Rav Klass is the Rabbinical Alliance of America/ Igud Harabbonim Presidium Chairman.


WMC Radio: Rav Mirocznik on Anti-Semitism

Kevin McCullough hosted Rav Mendy Mirocznik, executive vice-president of RAA, on his December 31, 2019, radio show to discuss anti-semitism in New York

Obliterating confusion, amplifying truth, and pursuing clarity. "Binge thinking" at the speed of sound.

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5TJT: Monsey Attack

The Five Towns Jewish Times, January 3, 2020, quotes RAA/Igud’s statement on the necessary steps after the Monsey attack


Jewish Voice: Monsey Attack

The Jewish Voice, December 29, 2019, quotes Rav Mendy Mirocznik’s response to the Monsey attack

On Saturday night, yet another anti-Semitic attack occurred in the Forshay district of the Orthodox Jewish enclave in Monsey, New York. Five Jews were stabbed at the residence of the Kossoner Rebbe, Rav Chaim Leibush Rottenberg, on Forshay Road in Monsey, NY after 10 pm. Monsey is about an hour north of New York City.…

The Jewish Voice The Jewish Voice


Rabbinical Alliance of America Joins the United States in Mourning the Victims of the West Freeway Church Massacre

The Rabbinical Alliance of America — Igud HaRabbonim, representing over 950 American rabbis — joins the United States in mourning the victims of the West Freeway Church massacre. On Sunday, December 29, 2019, a man shot and killed two innocent church attendees in White Settlement, Texas. Fortunately, two parishioners heroically shot and killed the perpetrator, thereby disturbing his evil plan of death, mayhem and destruction inside a house of religious worship.

Rabbi Mendy Mirocznik, executive vice-president of the Rabbinical Alliance of America, condemned the shooting and stated, “Words cannot express our outrage, shock and horror. This massacre comes on the heels of the Jersey City Massacre and the Monsey Machete terror attack. We wonder where all this violence, hate and destruction will end. How many more innocent victims must we lose before this bloody reign of terror comes to an end? As Jews we have a proud but sad history of facing the evil of hate, bigotry and anti-Semitism. Be it pogroms, the Holocaust, terror in Israel or recent current events, the Jew is no stranger to hate. Sadly, we relate on a personal level to the mourning in Texas and pray for the victims and their families. We pray that the families receive the heavenly support to be strong, and find the fortitude to rebuild their lives after this tragedy.

“The RAA once again calls on clergy, the faith-based community, elected representatives and all peace-loving Americans to unite and send a clear message that hate against one group is hate against all Americans. We dare not tolerate such anti-American behavior in our nation, which is built on democratic values of liberty and justice for all. In order to be successful in the war on hate, it cannot be treated as a partisan issue.

“We must not allow a sanctuary, a place of healing, love and prayer, a place of unity, family and community, to become a place of grieving and sorrow. We must not allow what started as a normal day, with people seeking spirituality and meaning in their religion, to end in terror and a massacre. This is not normal and can never be accepted as a recurring news cycle.

“As a society, we must focus on prevention, as well as prosecution and punishment. We must emphasize education about the corrosive nature of hate, how it poisons everything it touches. America stands for liberty and democracy. We must focus on those positive messages, in order to show that hate, bigotry and anti-Semitism cannot have a place in American culture and normative behavior.

“Winning the war on hate requires a concerted national effort. We call upon all stakeholders to take this task seriously, to put aside their differences and focus on rebuilding a society based on classic American values. Only with active participation and full energy can we as a nation succeeded in reversing this serious problem.

“As we are in the eighth day of Chanukah, we pray that the Almighty inspire all those who have hate in them to realize their error. May they channel their energy into the positive and help make this world a better place for all people.”


Rabbinical Alliance of America Calls For Immediate Response to Violent Anti-Semitism

The Rabbinical Alliance of America — Igud HaRabbonim, representing over 950 American rabbis —  condemns today’s brutal anti-Semitic terror attack in which the perpetrator entered a synagogue in Monsey, New York, and stabbed at least three people. He viciously stabbed one of the victims in the chest. Police are currently searching for the attacker.

Rabbi Mendy Mirocznik, executive vice-president of the Rabbinical Alliance of America, stated, “It is frightening that during Chanukah, a holiday which symbolizes the victory of good over evil, we are sadly experiencing a rising tide of anti-Semitism and hate. This is the eighth reported attack over Chanukah this year. These anti-Semitic hate crimes are in direct opposite of what we as Americans stand for and believe in namely freedom, liberty and respect.

“We need to move beyond condemnations by elected officials and law enforcement, and see action to prevent these recurring anti-Semitic attacks. It is important that all political, law enforcement and religious officials condemn these attacks, but that is only the beginning. As a society, we must use every resource to combat these vicious and vulgar anti-Semitic hate crimes, both through prevention and punishment.

“We need to hear clear plans on how Jewish citizens will be protected from these hate crimes. Do our political and law enforcement leaders lack the ability or will to protect Jews? How can New York State reach the point where a violent attacker enters a synagogue and stabs worshippers? There must be an immediate response to prevent these atrocities from continuing!

“Once again, the RAA calls upon faith leaders, elected officials, community leaders and all peace-loving people to stand united together in the condemnation of hate, bigotry and ant-Semitism. We further urge Clergy to use their pulpits in denouncing hate, bigotry and anti-Semitism and we must find the way to educate people who have hate in them to see the error in their ways. As Americans we must all feel that hate against one group is hate against all of us and make it clear that there is no place for hate in the United States.”

The RAA calls on lawmakers and law enforcement officials to implement immediate plans to protect Jews from the rising tide of violent anti-Semitism.


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