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June 4, '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:
• Announcements
• Chaplaincy Commission Update: Rebbetzin Blank Levaya and Shiva
• Divrei Torah: Naso
• Rav Klass: Yahrtzeit Shiur
• A Prayer for Sensible Leadership
• In Memory of Rav Mordechai Marcus
• Upcoming Yahrtzeits 14 Sivan-21 Sivan
• 5TJT: Lamm
• The Rabbinical Alliance of America Joins Klal Yisrael in Mourning the Passing of Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm, Chancellor of Yeshiva University and Rosh HaYeshiva of the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary

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Chaplaincy Commission Update: Rebbetzin Blank Levaya and Shiva

From the desk of Rabbi Leonard (Yehuda)Blank MS, BCC
Director of Chaplaincy Commission and External Affairs
Rabbinical Alliance of America/Igud HaRabbonim
June 3, 2020

As Rabbi Blank sits shiva for his beloved wife, in lieu of his weekly update we include his eulogy for his rebbitzen, Keila Lutza bas Shalom HaKohein a”h. Below the Levaya recording and shiva information, you can find information about an article about clergy during the COVID crisis and an upcoming Shalom Task Force/OHEL dating webinar.

Click here for recording

Password: 6S?6X6E3

Rabbi Yehuda (Leonard) Blank will be sitting shiva for his wife Mrs Keila Blank A”H

Due to COVID-19 limited restrictions, Rabbi Blank will be observing the shiva at his home.

Visitations will be by zoom or phone beginning Sunday May 31- Friday afternoon, June 5. Please note the zoom information and times below.

Topic: Shiva for Keila Lutza bas Shalom HaKohein
Time: General Zoom shiva Times will be from

Sunday – Thursday
10:00 AM –1:00 PM
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
8:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Friday time is:
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM-4:00 PM

Please wait in the waiting room to be admitted
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 889 1295 5431
Password: 067534

Rabbi Blank phone numbers:
Home – 212-473-0148
Cell – 917-446-2126


Clergy on the Front Lines– Hospital clergy adjust to new rules and procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic: in Tablet, 6/2/20





Divrei Torah: Naso

Special audio:
Rabbi Katz – Naso 5780
Rabbi Ziegler - Naso 5780
Rabbi Ziegler - Naso 5779
Rabbi Ziegler - Naso 5778
Rabbi Ziegler - Naso 5777
Naso – Liska Rebbe 5773
Liska Rebbe – Naso 5773


Rav Klass: Yahrtzeit Shiur

Rav Ya’akov Klass gave this Yahrzeit Shiur for his father Albert Reb Anshel ben Reb Moshe Feivel Klass Z”l Yahrzeit today 11 Sivan

Meeting Recording:


A Prayer for Sensible Leadership

By Rabbi Jacob Klass

Presidium Chairman, Rabbinical Alliance of America,

Torah Editor, The Jewish Press

‘Pray for the Welfare of the Government.’ These are the words of our Sages in Tractate Avos. This prayer takes for granted that the ruling authorities have the power to govern and as such earn the trust of a citizenry who look to them for leadership. But what happens when those elected to lead are deficient, if not absent from their responsibility?

It is obvious that throughout America, today, many local and state progressive leaders have let down those law-abiding citizens, whom they are charged with protecting. Our president as well as state and local leaders on the right have shown themselves to be on the job at a time when there is such great need.

As to the Covid19 pandemic people were warned not to assemble and for the vast majority of our community that warning carried the day, with the endorsement of our Rabbinical leadership. We were told by a host of medical experts that close contact enables the spread of the virus.

Recently the Mayor of NYC singled out the Jewish community as a whole for a breach of his rule when a group of our people gathered to give kovod acharon to one of our revered Rabbonim Tolas Yaakov Rav Hagaon Rabbi Chaim Mertz Zt’l.

The same Mayor and governor who kept the city in lockdown with all sort of threat of enforcement and arrest for breach of such., now sanction if not applaud demonstration to honor the memory of George Floyd, an innocent victim of one brutal man, a police officer in Minneapolis. The looting and destruction ongoing at the time of this writing is beyond belief.

At the time of this writing I had a conversation with Brooklyn City Councilman Chaim Deutsch, a tireless self-sacrificing individual who I can credit with showing that level of leadership so necessary at this critical juncture. This is especially so when fears throughout the community are at heightened levels. He assured me that he and others in the community will continue to advocate and be at the fore in the current crisis, one that is marked not by honoring the memory of an innocent victim of brutality, but rather upending it thus rendering it a celebration of looting and general lawlessness.

I hope all join me in showing solidarity with Councilman Deutsch and all those community leaders who toil tirelessly on our behalf to secure the safety of our cities and neighborhoods.

Rabbi Klass, Rav, Kahal Bnei Matisyahu in Flatbush, Brooklyn, is Torah Editor of The Jewish Press, He can be contacted at


In Memory of Rav Mordechai Marcus

Rav Gil Student, Director of RAA/Igud’s Halacha Commission, writes in The Jewish Vues, June 9, 2020, in memory of Hagaon Harav Mordechai Marcus zt”l, Rav of the Lakewood Minyan of Flatbush and an editor for the Artscroll Gemara, who passed away due to Coronavirus


Upcoming Yahrtzeits 14 Sivan-21 Sivan


5TJT: Lamm

The Five Towns Jewish Times, June 5, 2020, quotes RAA’s message on the passing of Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm



The Rabbinical Alliance of America Joins Klal Yisrael in Mourning the Passing of Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm, Chancellor of Yeshiva University and Rosh HaYeshiva of the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary

The Rabbinical Alliance of America — Igud HaRabbonim, representing over 950 American Orthodox Rabbis — joins Klal Yisrael in mourning the passing of HaRav Dr. Nachum (Norman) Lamm, Chancellor of Yeshiva University and Rosh HaYeshiva of the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, Yeshiva University’s affiliated rabbinical school.

Rabbi Dr. Lamm was a master orator whose sermons and lectures enchanted audiences, challenging them to rise to greater heights in religious commitment. He was a fierce advocate for Orthodox Judaism in a time when it was under siege by secularizing and liberalizing forces. Through his efforts, thousands of people learn Torah and observe Shabbat in America, Israel, and around the world. As the author of over a dozen books and commentaries, his scholarship and insights continue to educate and inspire students of Torah.

In his youth, Rabbi Dr. Lamm attended Mesivta Torah Vodaath in  Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood. At Yeshiva College, the men’s undergraduate school of Yeshiva University, Rabbi Dr. Lamm obtained a chemistry degree in 1949, at which he excelled. Rabbi Dr. Lamm was the secular studies valedictorian of his Yeshiva College class. Rabbi Dr. Lamm also attended a secular postgraduate college, the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn. Upon his graduation, Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm was considering a career in science, but was persuaded by HaRav Dr. Shmuel (Samuel) Belkin, ZT’L the second President of Yeshiva University, to join the faculty at Yeshiva University. Rabbi Dr. Lamm was a devoted student and confidante of HaGaon HaRav Yosef Dov (Joseph Ber) Soloveitchik, ZT’L who conferred rabbinic ordination on him at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary in 1951.

Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm’s maternal grandfather was HaGaon HaRav Yehoshua Baumol ZT’L (1880–1948) who authored the Responsa Emek Halakha. In that work, HaRav Baumol cited several insights from his young grandson, and even included responsa addressed to him.

Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm spent almost a quarter of a century as a pulpit rabbi. Rabbi Dr. Lamm was appointed rabbi of the West Side Jewish Center (Congregation Beth Israel) in 1952, became assistant rabbi at the Jewish Center on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in 1958, then rabbi of the Jewish Center from 1959 to 1976. During his career as a pulpit rabbi, Rabbi Dr. Lamm inspired thousands with his passionate sermons, using his ample talents as a brilliant scholar and a charismatic speaker to generate excitement for an often embattled Orthodox Judaism.

Rabbi Dr. Lamm was elected President of Yeshiva University in 1976, after which he saved it from looming bankruptcy and raised its endowments as well as its academic rating. Throughout his tenure, Rabbi Dr. Lamm strengthened the financial and academic stature of the school. As Rosh HaYeshiva of Yeshiva University, Rabbi Dr. Lamm was responsible for the education and training of thousands of rabbis and lay Torah scholars. Even after his retirement in 2003, Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm remained intimately involved with the educational institution in his positions of Chancellor and Rosh HaYeshiva.

Rabbi Mendy Mirocznik, executive vice-president of the Rabbinical Alliance of America stated, “The Jewish world lost a pillar and a leader. As President of Yeshiva University and Rosh HaYeshiva of the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm helped elevate spirituality in America and save American Judaism. Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm was part of the devoted group of post-war educators who worked tirelessly to ensure that Orthodox Judaism thrived in a world that in many ways was hostile to religion in general and Judaism in particular. The Jewish world has lost a dedicated advocate. As a community, we owe Rabbi Dr. Lamm a debt of gratitude that we will always appreciate and be thankful for.”

Rabbi Moish Schmerler, director of the Rabbinical Alliance of America, a graduate of Yeshiva University and of the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary stated, “My years learning in Yeshiva were enhanced by the presence of Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm, ZT’L. I was privileged as a yeshiva student to benefit from the great yeshiva and university that Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm saved from bankruptcy nearly a half a century ago. This relationship is personal to me. Rabbi Dr. Lamm saved the yeshiva where my wife’s father, HaRav Shmuel Borenstein, ZT’L, served as a Rosh Mesivta at MTA-YUHB, and my wife’s grandfather, HaRav Noach Borenstein, ZT’L, served as a Rosh Yeshiva at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. Interacting with Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm helped me develop personally, and has had a profound impact on me for the better.”

Rabbi Yaakov Klass, presidium chairman of the Rabbinical Alliance of America stated, “Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm’s accomplishments for Torah and Judaism were remarkable. Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm was from the post-World War Two generation of American rabbis that fought to preserve and make Orthodox Jewry attractive after the destruction of the Holocaust. Rabbi Dr. Lamm contributed a lot to the development of a proud American Orthodoxy. However, for me personally, Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm will always be remembered as a Talmid Chacham of the highest caliber who cared deeply about learning. It was that passion for Torah that drove his ability to accomplish and achieve much for the American Orthodox Jewish community.”

May Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm, ZT’L serve as a heavenly advocate, a Meilitz Yosher, for his family, the Jewish community and the entire world. May his memory be a blessing.



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