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December 19, '19
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:
• Divrei Torah: Vayeishev
• Upcoming Yahrtzeits 23 Kisleiv-30 Kisleiv
• Free Seforim From BeEzrath Hashem
• Chaplaincy Commission Update
• Rabbinical Alliance of America Express Outrage Over the Vandalism of the Nessah Synagogue
• Rabbinical Alliance of America Applauds Executive Order Combating Anti-Semitism
• Rabbinical Alliance of America Calls for Enhanced Communal Respect in Response to Anti-Semitism
• The Rabbinical Alliance of America Mourns the Terror Victims in Jersey City

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Divrei Torah: Vayeishev

Special audio:
Rabbi Katz – Vayeishev 5780

Rabbi Saunders - Vayeishev 5780

Rabbi Frager - Vayeishev 5777

Rabbi Ziegler - Vayeishev 5780

Vayeishev - Rabbi Kirsh 5771

Vayeishev - Rabbi Kirsh 5773 (2)

Vayeishev - Rabbi Kirsh 5776 1

Vayeishev - Rabbi Kirsh 5776 2

Vayeishev - Rabbi Kirsh 5776 3

Vayeishev - Rabbi Leibowitz 5740

Vayeishev - Rabbi Machlis 5743

Vayeishev - Rabbi Mandel 5770

Vayeishev - Rabbi Rokeach 5774

Vayeishev - Rabbi Ziegler 5772

Vayeishev - Rabbi Ziegler 5771

Vayeishev - Rabbi Ziegler 5773

Vayeishev - Rabbi Ziegler 5774

Vayeishev - Rabbi Ziegler 5775

Vayeishev - Rabbi Ziegler 5776

Vayeishev Chanukah - Rabbi Rokeach 5771

Vayeishev – Liska Rebbe 5779


Upcoming Yahrtzeits 23 Kisleiv-30 Kisleiv


Free Seforim From BeEzrath Hashem

הרב אפרים כחלון חיבר במשך השנים ספרים רבים ביניהם: ספר הלכות שאלות ותשובות אך טוב לישראל 3 חלקים, ספר דורש טוב דרשות על כל פרשיות השבוע מועדים וזמנים וסיומי מסכתות הש״ס, פירוש על מגילת אסתר, קונטרס הוכחות לתורה שבעל פה, קונטרסי אמרי פי מאמרים שונים בנושאים שונים. ניתן לראות ולהוריד את כולם באתר בחינם…
Over the years Rav Efraim Kachlon has written many books (seforim) including:
  • Ach Tov L’Yisrael: question and answers in 3 book series
  • Sefer Doresh Tov: lectures, commentary on weekly parashot, holidays and each masechet in the chaz
  • Doresh Tov Megilat Esther: commentary on Megilat Esther
  • Kuntres Hochachot: Oral Torah proofs
  • Kurtres Ma’amarim: short write-ups
English titles by other authors include:
  • Are We Really Keeping Kosher?
  • Bais Halevi Essay on Bitachon
  • Holy Nation
  • And much more!
These titles are available to read and download for FREE from BeEzrath Hashem website.


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 Harabonim

HaGoan HaRav Michael Barenbaum ztkl Mashgiach Ruchni of Mestivta Tifereth Jerusalem used to say it isn’t enough to be a frum yid, one must be an erlicha yid. HaRav Nisan Alpert ztkl talmid muvak of HaGoan HaRav Moshe Feinstein ztkl would share to balai batim how a store keeper must be familiar with choshen mishpat of being honest to customers, being honest with weights and measurements and not just be concerned of the levush one is wearing or making sure foods and beverages have certain hashgachos. My father ztl whose yartzeit was recently, was a kosher butcher who was makped on caring for others- no matter what their background was and to be an honest person. He was concerned in those days that even though there were inspectors who would check the scales their inspection might not be accurate, he would either at no extra charge add extra meat or chicken or charge a lower price. When an elderly woman gave him by accident a $50 dollar bill instead of a $5 bill, he ran out the door to give her back her money. As close as he was to chashuva rabbonim such as HaGoan HaRav Eliyahu Henkin ztkl who smiled when he heard my father’svoice, he was also respected and loved by many of different backgrounds. At his levaya, the chapel was filled with men and women of many ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds because of his sweetness, kindness and respect he had for others.

We are learning more about the wonderful midos of Mr and Mrs Fernecz and how kind and caring they were to everyone. There is even a video clip of candy being given by Mr. Ferencz to children coming into his store for treats during their holiday wearing their costumes. Mrs. Rodriguez, the widow of Mr. Miguel Jason Rodriguez, mentioned how kind and considerate Mr. and Mrs. Fernecz were to her husband who worked for them. Mr. Rodriquez was also known to be a nice person always being helpful to the customers in the grocery store. Young Moshe Deutch ztl amongst his many attributes was also a volunteer for Chai Lifeline showing care and empathy to children with many health challenges. It was truly special to read of the outpouring sentiments of sadness and also respect for Detective Joseph Seal, his family and all the police by the Jewish communities in New Jersey, New York and elsewhere. Much praise must be given to the organizations that immediately assisted in many vital ways. Avraham Avinu our first Patriarch was known for his tremendous love of the Holy One the Aibershta and the wonderful kindness and goodness he had for so many. He has always been a role model for us.

Our Executive Vice President Rabbi Mendy Mirocznik, Board and Director’s mantra is to have an organization to promote achdus, kindness and respect for others and each other, with the love of the Aibershta and to follow in His ways as our Patriarch Avraham Avinu.

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You can see previous ads and articles on the Rabbinical Alliance of America website.


Rabbinical Alliance of America Express Outrage Over the Vandalism of the Nessah Synagogue

The Rabbinical Alliance of America — Igud HaRabbonim, representing over 950 American rabbis — expresses its deep outrage over the vandalism of the Nessah Synagogue, one of the largest synagogues in Los Angeles. The vandalism at the Nessah Synagogue was discovered Saturday morning by an employee who said he found “an open door and items ransacked inside,” local police said in a news release. Even more distressful than the break-in and property damage, the vandals desecrated holy texts. This attack was directed against not just Jews and Judaism, but the very notion of sanctity.

Rabbi Mendy Mirocznik, executive vice-president of the Rabbinical Alliance of America, stated, “What makes this crime so despicable is that it happened at a synagogue, a house of worship where peace, love and tolerance are preached and lived. It is a shame that hate mongers act like cowards by disrespecting a synagogue. While we commend Mayor John Mirisch and appreciate his strong no-nonsense tough position against anti-Semitism, and while we commend law enforcement for making it known that they will do whatever the law permits them to apprehend the perpetrators of this heinous act, we as Jewish Americans feel vulnerable at this time. This act of vandalism comes on the heels of the Jersey City massacre, which claimed the lives of two Jewish people, as well as a police detective and a store employee.

“As Jews, we worry when this hate and evil will stop. The Rabbinical Alliance of America calls upon all decent peace-loving people to join in one voice and condemn this act. We must unanimously resolve not to treat hate as a partisan issue, but rather as the poisonous disease that it is. As peace-loving people, we will channel our positive energy to combat this evil and lead by example. Because a hateful attack against one is a hateful attack against us all, let our voices be heard that anti-Semitism, hate and bigotry will not be tolerated in this country. Only through a genuine commitment to deal with hate in a non-partisan fashion and with a genuine commitment to work together will we win the war on hate.”

May He who makes peace in His Heavens make peace on this World. May all those who possess hate discover the error in their evil ways.


Rabbinical Alliance of America Applauds Executive Order Combating Anti-Semitism

The Rabbinical Alliance of America — Igud HaRabbonim, representing over 950 American rabbis — applauds President Donald J. Trump’s signing on December 11, 2019 an executive order at a Hanukkah celebration at the White House that made Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act apply to anti-Semitic acts.

The executive order takes indirect aim at the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement that has generated intense controversy on college campuses and has caused Jewish students on campuses across the United States to feel bullied, threatened and intimidated. Title VI bans discrimination based on race, color or national origin in programs and activities at colleges and universities that receive federal funding. The executive order will extend the ban to discrimination against Jews.

The order suggests that those charged with enforcing Title VI consider the definition of anti-Semitism adopted by International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, which states:

“Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.”

The order points to the Alliance’s “Contemporary Examples of Anti-Semitism.” Among its examples is “Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor.” The order provides that discrimination against Jews may give rise to a Title VI violation. The order provides guidance to law enforcement, campus officials and others trying to fight hate. The White House said it was spurred by a rise in anti-Semitic incidents since 2013, and that it was looking for a way to ensure that colleges treat anti-Semitic acts seriously.

Rabbi Yaakov Spivak, a presidium member of the Rabbinical Alliance of America, stated, “We, as rabbis, praise President Trump for standing up to hatred and anti-Semitism. Hate in Jersey City killed two Jewish people, as well as a police detective and a store employee. Hate in Beverly Hills caused the desecration of a synagogue. Hate is not a partisan issue; it is a human rights, civil rights issue. As a nation of laws, America must use the law to combat and eradicate hate. The President’s message is clear: there is no room for the poison of anti-Semitism, bigotry or hate in America. G-d bless President Trump for demonstrating the leadership and the courage to take positive steps to stem the rise of hate in America.”


Rabbinical Alliance of America Calls for Enhanced Communal Respect in Response to Anti-Semitism

The Rabbinical Alliance of America — Igud HaRabbonim, representing over 950 American rabbis — expresses great concern over the tragic rise of anti-Semitism. The recent Jersey City massacre at a Kosher market claiming the lives of Detective Joseph Seals, Miguel Douglas, Moshe Hersh Deutsch and Leah Mindel Ferencz, all of blessed memory, continuing a chain of anti-Semitic attacks across the country, raises concerns about how hate, bigotry and anti-Semitism are currently addressed in the United States.

This cold act of terror is among the worst and deadliest terrorist acts carried out against Jews on American soil. G-d forbid, had these despicable, cowardly terrorists succeeded in detonating a pipe bomb they had assembled, the carnage would have been even worse. What raises great concerns, in addition to the human tragedy, is that the terror attack initially attracted little media and public attention. Even though the evidence demonstrates the stark reality that this was a targeted anti-Semitic act of terrorism, it hardly appears to be on the mind and conscience of the American public.

Rabbi Mendy Mirocznik, executive vice-president of the Rabbinical Alliance of America, stated, “As rabbis, we sense that the relative silence outside of the Jewish community — the lack of outrage, shock and anger over the Jersey City massacre — may be related to it not fitting into a neat political narrative. For generations, American Jews felt more secure in the United States than in most parts of the world. As a child and grandchild of Holocaust survivors, I proudly recall how grateful my parents and grandparents and their friends were to the United States of America as a nation of kindness and just laws. They recognized that this great country is a democracy that permits Jews to express their Judaism proudly without the fear of reprisals or repercussions. As an adult, I still hold that to be true, that there is no better country than the United States, and I pray regularly that the Almighty watch over and protect this great republic that stands for freedom, democracy and liberty. As Jewish Americans, we feel that we are part of the natural multiethnic and multicultural mosaic and fabric of the United States. For decades, Jewish institutions in the United States never needed special protection. Sadly, due to external, non-governmental reasons, the feeling of safety has ceased.

“This changed reality has hit us in the hardest way. In response, we must act in the way we want to be treated, demonstrate the neighborly love that this country needs. We each need to do our part to return this country to the sense of security for people of all nationalities, colors and creeds. No one should fear that their life is threatened due to their background. On an individual and communal level, we need to show fairness for all, because by changing ourselves we can change the world.

“We dare not allow the fight against hate, bigotry and anti-Semitism to become a partisan issue. This is a human issue, and must transcend party affiliation. The Rabbinical Alliance of America calls on all elected government officials, as well as law enforcement, to lead the way in creating an environment full of respect and fairness. Attitudes, demeanor and respect matter. The RAA also calls on the media to promote good citizenship and highlight acts of kindness and mutual respect. The media plays such an important role in setting the cultural tone and it must fill that role responsibly.

“Most Americans are decent, good, and hardworking respectful people. Our job is to unite and join together in a spirit of respect. The antidote to hate and bigotry is simple respect. If we each do our part in modeling the world in which we want to live, we can rid our country of hatred, bigotry and anti-Semitism.

“As Americans we owe it to our nation to ensure that the United States of America remains a beacon of hope, liberty and freedom, one nation under G-d for future generations to come.”

May He who makes peace in His Heavens make peace on this earth. May the Lord inspire all those with hate to see their error in their ways and may they channel their negative energy into positive energy and make this world a better place for all.


The Rabbinical Alliance of America Mourns the Terror Victims in Jersey City

The Rabbinical Alliance of America — Igud HaRabbonim, representing over 950 American rabbis —expresses its deep sorrow for the loss of life in an unprovoked, vicious terror attack on a kosher market in Jersey City, New Jersey. The victims include Detective Joseph Seals of the Jersey City Police Department; Mindel Ferencz, who owned the store with her husband; Moshe Deutsch, a customer; and Douglas Miguel Rodriguez, a store employee. The two terrorists were killed in an hours long gun battle with police.

Rabbi Mendy Mirocznik, Executive Vice President of the Rabbinical Alliance, stated: “This is the third major attack on the Jewish community in the last 14 months. The problem of anti-Semitism is nationwide. Jewish organizations must pool their resources in order to keep the situation from getting even further out of hand.”

Rabbi Yaakov Spivak a member of the presidium of the Rabbinical Alliance, stated: “This is how things erupted in Europe 80 years ago. It is difficult to refrain from making a comparison.”

The Rabbinical Alliance of America wishes the families of the attack victims that they be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.


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