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December 5, '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: Vayeitzei
• Upcoming Yahrtzeits 9 Kisleiv-16 Kisleiv
• Shaatnez Alert: Silk Ties
• Chaplaincy Commission Update
• Tosfos Yom Tov Kisleiv 5780
• Rabbinical Alliance of America Joins the People of England in Mourning the Victims of the London Bridge Attack

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

Divrei Torah: Vayeitzei

Special audio:
Rabbi Katz – Vayeitzei 5780

Rabbi Ziegler - Vayeitzei 5780

Vayeitzei - Rabbi Spivak 5779

Vayeitzei - Rabbi Ziegler 5773

Vayeitzei - Rabbi Ziegler 5774

Vayeitzei - Rabbi Ziegler 5775

Vayeitzei - Rabbi Elbaz 5743

Vayeitzei - Rabbi Goldstein 5740

Vayeitzei - Rabbi Kirsh 5770

Vayeitzei - Rabbi Kirsh 5772

Vayeitzei - Rabbi Kirsh 5776 a

Vayeitzei - Rabbi Kirsh 5776 b

Vayeitzei - Rabbi Rokeach 5770

Vayeitzei - Rabbi Rokeach 5773

Vayeitzei - Rabbi Rokeach 5774

Vayeitzei – Liska Rebbe 5779


Upcoming Yahrtzeits 9 Kisleiv-16 Kisleiv


Shaatnez Alert: Silk Ties


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

I am announcing another fantastic program from TTI a masters degree in ABA. BCBA post graduate certificate. LBA post graduate certificate and CBS to LBA. (Please see the ad below. Special discount for RAA members, their spouse and adult children). Please call 877. RING.TTI to register or additional information.

I am also announcing information from Rabbi Lerner about the Masters Degree program from YIEP. (Please see the ad below),

Rabbi Pesach Lerner, Director of YIEP is pleased to announce the upcoming YIEP-BELLEVUE UNIVERSITY MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling CMHC degree program, JANUARY 2020. Please contact Rabbi Lerner at 917-209-8204 or

I am also now planning a new partnership with another school with educational programs that will lead to exciting professional positions to be announced within the next week or two.

I was listening to Rabbi Chaim Zweibel, Executive Vice President of Agudas Yisrael who was one of the key note speakers at their convention this past Motzei Shabbos. He summed up so eloquently regarding the present environment and direction being taken local, state, nationwide and worldwide that is anti religion, and against the principals of our faith let alone filled with anti semitism and hatred. He quoted Rabbi Elchonon Wasserman ztkl when he spoke to a group of rabbonim in Germany years before the major turn of events that lead to the Holocaust of which he himself died al Kiddush H spoke about why Avraham Avinu could not remain in the land of King Avimelech . even though it might have been filled with culture and a proper society, because there was no Yiras H. He also quoted excerpts from a speech given by the Attorney General of the USA, the Honorable William P. Baar at the University of Notre Dame about the direction being taken by certain movements affecting religious beliefs in America today. No, I am not making a political speech, just paraphrasing what Rabbi Zweibel was alluding to and the importance of beseeching the Aibershta to have rachamim, for us to care for each other and Klal Yisrael with chesed, kindness and ahava Yisrael. It is so important to show kindness to others no matter what their background might be and to act in a becoming manner we can and should be proud of.  We must always try to make a Kiddush H.( which I have mentioned in recent RAA newsletters) .Agudah and other well known organizations are continuing to strive for the rights of religious freedom and against hatred and anti semitism. Our organization is also proud to do so with finesse, diplomacy and with achdus.

Well, a tremendous Kiddush H was made Tuesday December 3 on the Floor of the US Congress when the Honorable Congressman Max Rose (of Staten Island) addressed the lawmakers of our government, honoring the critical work done by the Staten Island Council of Jewish Organizations under the leadership of Rabbi Mendy Mirocznik and Mr. Scott Mauer. He spoke about the many wonderful things done for the citizens of Staten Island not just for the Jewish community, but for so many no matter what their backgrounds are. Congressman Rose spoke about the acts of anti semitism and hatred found not only in Staten Island and throughout the USA, but in many parts of the world and how important it is to support an organization such as the COJO of SI that builds bridges and good relations combating such hatred with all the wonderful programs they do throughout the year and what an honor it is to work together with COJO of SI. Rabbi Mirocznik you are a true role model for us all.

On behalf of Rabbi Mendy Mirocznik who is also the Executive Vice President of the Rabbinical Alliance of America, and the Rabbinical Alliance of America, I want to congratulate the Honorable Dermot

Shea on officially becoming the Police Commissioner of the New York City Police Department. Wishing him much success in all of his endeavors including reducing crime, acts of bias, hatred and anti semitism, enhancing good relations amongst and between New Yorkers ,but also in being the shining knight promoting pride in the police officers of all ranks throughout all the departments of the NYPD conveying to the world how great the NYPD is.







Tosfos Yom Tov Kisleiv 5780

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Tosfos Yom Tov Kisleiv 5780


Rabbinical Alliance of America Joins the People of England in Mourning the Victims of the London Bridge Attack

The Rabbinical Alliance of America — Igud HaRabbonim, representing over 950 American rabbis — joins the people of England in mourning the victims of the Friday, November 29, 2019, deadly London terror attack at Fishmongers’ Hall on the northern end of London Bridge. The attacker killed two people and injured three others, who are currently being treated in the hospital.

British counterterrorism police intensified investigations on Saturday into the cowardly cold blooded 28-year-old terrorist suspected of carrying out a deadly stabbing spree on London Bridge. The suspected terrorist had already been convicted of terror-related crimes and according to British authorities had ties to radical Islamist terror groups. On Saturday, “Islamic State” militants claimed that one of their “fighters” had carried out the attack. The suspect, who was wearing what turned out to be a fake explosive vest, was tackled by bystanders on the bridge before police then shot and killed him.

The RAA condemns these cold, inhumane acts of terror, hate, and murder carried out by a vicious terrorist. Rabbi Mendy Mirocznik, executive vice-president of the Rabbinical Alliance of America, stated, “Words cannot express our outrage. As Jews, we are sadly all too familiar with terror, hate and violence, and the trauma of living with fear of violence. With a history of pogroms, the Holocaust and terror in Israel we, as Jews and Americans, join the people of England in mourning these tragic losses. What started as an ordinary day should never have ended in death, chaos and destruction. We call upon every decent peace-loving person to lock hand in hand and to condemn this violence.”

May he who makes peace in Heaven make peace in this world that such terrorist attacks be no more. As we are in the Hebrew month of Kislev which contains the holiday of Chanukah, we pray that the light of the Menorah illuminates this world with love, peace, hope and prosperity.


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