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November 7, '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: Lech Lecha
• Upcoming Yahrtzeits 11 Cheshvan-18 Cheshvan
• Rabbinical Alliance of America Salutes US Attorney General William Barr’s Address on Religious Liberty in America
• Introducing: MS in Cybersecurity and Information Systems
• Jewish Press: Cabrera Addresses RAA
• NY1: Attacks in Boro Park
• Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan 5780
• Tosfos Yom Tov Cheshvan 5780
• Frager: Ascending to the Rabbinate
• Councilman Fernando Cabrera Presents a Legislative Report at the Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan Conference of the Rabbinical Alliance of America

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 rabbi@igud.us.

Divrei Torah: Lech Lecha

Lech Lecha - Rav Ya'akov Spivak in Shalvas Yaakov
Lech Lecha - Rabbi Frager 5777
Lech Lecha - Rabbi Kirsh 2009
Lech Lecha - Rabbi Kirsh 5771
Lech Lecha - Rabbi Kirsh 5772
Lech Lecha - Rabbi Kirsh 5773
Lech Lecha - Rabbi Kirsh 5779
Lech Lecha - Rabbi Rokeach 2009
Lech Lecha - Rabbi Rokeach 5769
Lech Lecha - Rabbi Rokeach 5774
Lech Lecha - Rabbi Rokeach 5775
Lech Lecha - Rabbi Stone 5743
Lech Lecha - Rabbi Ziegler 5771
Lech Lecha - Rabbi Ziegler 5772
Lech Lecha - Rabbi Ziegler 5774
Lech Lecha - Rabbi Ziegler 5775

Lech Lecha – Liska Rebbe 5779



 

Upcoming Yahrtzeits 11 Cheshvan-18 Cheshvan



 

Rabbinical Alliance of America Salutes US Attorney General William Barr’s Address on Religious Liberty in America

By Rabbi Yehoshua S. Hecht, Norwalk, Connecticut
Member Presidium Rabbinical Alliance of America – Igud Harabonim

November 5th – Election Day, is an appropriate moment to extend in the name of the  Rabbinical Alliance of America a National Rabbinic Organization with  more than 950 member rabbis and chaplains in service of  the American Jewish community – to  extend our approbation and agreement with the contents of the recent speech given by Mr. William Barr on October 11th at the Notre Dame University Law School on the subject of Religious Liberty in America.

Mr. Barr who is a well -known jurist and seasoned scholar of jurisprudence is highly qualified to expound about religion and liberty.

Writing for the Wall Street Journal; Commentator William McGurn describes how William Barr takes on the secularists who are assaulting religious freedom in their effort to break down traditional moral values.

On the other extreme, Michael Sean Winters author of Distinctly Catholic in the National Catholic Reporter derides Mr. Barr’s talk as being “ridiculously stupid.” Reading and re-reading Mr. Winters column one goes away with a distinct aversion for the disrespect and disdain the writer has for Biblical and moral values in his vociferous embrace of a misguided liberalism that lectures moral relativism  as being the informed and religiously enlightened way to live ones life.

Pema Levy; a writer for the Mother Jones publication characterized Attorney General Barr’s speech as being “an assault on the First Amendment’s protection against the government’s establishment of any religion”.

We of the Rabbinical Alliance of America could not disagree more. If anything, we are of the opinion that the Attorney General Barr’s talk was both erudite, researched and compelling in its delivery and insight; of where American society is today.

Society is searching for meaning and purpose, while lacking  the traditional support of religious values that have sustained and made the USA prodigiously successful and generous to its citizens and the world at large.

Today, American society is floundering and awash with the problems of single parent families, drug dependency, juvenile delinquency and a generation of millennials raised on an artificial set of values, that neither anchors nor inspires its enthusiasts to experience a meaningful life that includes service to family and community.

New York Times Columnist Paul Krugman in his op/ed of October 14, roundly politicizes Mr. Barr’s worthy and thoughtful remarks as being an attack on the one fifth of Americans who “don’t consider themselves affiliated with any religion”.

Truth be told, Mr. Barr adroitly made the case for the need of traditional religious values as being vitally important for maintaining a strong and healthy American society.

We believe that history, common sense, and the empirical facts as adroitly outlined in the Attorney Generals remarkable and courageous talk, ought to resonate compellingly, with all people of faith who believe in the Creator of heaven and earth.

It would be of great usefulness if all Americans – irrespective of origin or community – would become familiar with the Universal Code of Noah that are the following:  Prohibitions against worshipping idols, cursing G-d, murder, adultery and sexual immorality, theft, eating flesh torn from a living animal, as well as the obligation to establish courts of justice.



 

Introducing: MS in Cybersecurity and Information Systems

From the desk of Rabbi Leonard (Yehuda) Blank, MS BCC
Director of Chaplaincy Commission and External Affairs
Rabbinical Alliance of America/Igud Harabbonim
917-446-2126 rablenblank@gmail.com

Announcing two Master in Science degree programs from Testing and Training International: MS in Cybersecurity and MS in Information Systems in conjunction with NOVA Southeastern University.

Online classes – Affordable Pricing- Flexible Schedule

For Men and Women – Separate Cohorts.

Certified by NSA and DHS Designated CAE/CD.

Virtual information session with NOVA November 12th at 6:00 PM. To register for the informational session or for additional information call 877-RING-TTI

Positions in Chief Information Security Officer, Cybersecurity, Program Manager, Information Systems Security Manager, Vulnerability Assessment Analyst, Business Intelligence Analyst, Director of IT Security and Data Scientist.



 

Jewish Press: Cabrera Addresses RAA

In its November 8, 2019 issue, The Jewish Press discusses pro-Israel City Councilman Fernando Cabrera’s address at the RAA’s Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan Seudah.



 

NY1: Attacks in Boro Park

NY1, November 5, 2019, quotes Rav Dovid Katz, Menahel of RAA/Igud regarding the rise of anti-Semitic attacks in Boro Park, Hashem yishmor

The Jewish community in Borough Park is on high alert.

www.ny1.com www.ny1.com


 

Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan 5780

On Wednesday, October 30, 2019, the Rabbinical Alliance of America — Igud HaRabbonim, representing over 950 American rabbis — convened its monthly conference at Congregation Knesseth Meir in Far Rockaway, New York. Rabbi Mendy Mirocznik, executive vice–president of the Rabbinical Alliance of America thanked Rabbi Betzalel Korn, rabbi of Congregation Knesseth Meir, for hosting the conference and Rabbi Moish Schmerler, director of the Rabbinical Alliance of America, who together with Rabbi Mendy Borenstein and Rabbi Yitzchok Noach Borenstein sponsored the dinner and conference in memory of their respective father-in-law and father Rabbi Shmuel Borenstein, ZT’L, who served for nearly half a century as a teacher (Rosh Mesivta) at YUHSB MTA.

Councilman Fernando Cabrera, a staunch supporter of Israel, attended the meeting and presented a legislative report. He emphasized the need to protect religious liberty, fight anti-Semitism and support the State of Israel. Councilman Cabrera stated, “I want to express my deepest thanks to the Rabbinical Alliance of America. As a member of the New York City Council and Chair of the Committee on Governmental Operations, I’ve had the honor and privilege to fight for the most important causes, causes that ensure that all of us are protected by the law from the forces of division and from those who eschew hate. The current political climate requires all of us to fight even harder for the future of our children and grandchildren. We must never forget how dangerous the world has become and why now more than ever, supporting our friends and allies throughout the world is critical for America leadership in the world. There is no more important friend and ally than Israel, especially with the challenges we see now in the Middle East. We will meet these challenges by first standing together in our faith in God and unquestionable support for Israel and the Jewish people there and here in America.”

Rabbi Mirocznik stated, “In today’s world of uncertainty, it is refreshing to hear Councilman Cabrera so cogently describe the America-Israel relationship. As rabbis, we appreciate his sensitivity and understanding of the unique bond between America and Israel. We are fortunate to have elected representatives such as Councilman Cabrera who have the courage to speak the truth, particularly in this time when there is a growing failure to comprehend the importance of the America-Israel friendship in bringing peace and stability to the Middle East and the entire world.

Also participating in the meeting and the memorial of Rabbi Shmuel Borenstein, ZT’L were Rabbi Betzalel Korn; Rabbi Dovid Katz, Menahel of the Rabbinical Alliance of America; Rabbi Moshe Schmerler; Rabbi Mendy Borenstein; Rabbi Leonard (Yehuda) Blank, Director of the Chaplaincy Commission and External Affairs of the Rabbinical Alliance of America; and Rabbi Yaakov Klass, Presidium Chairman of the Rabbinical Alliance of America.

Click here for pictures and videos on the RAA/Igud website



 

Tosfos Yom Tov Cheshvan 5780

A new issue is available of Ma’adanei Melech, with Torah from the Tosfos Yom Tov

Click here to download

Maadanei Melech Cheshvan 5780


 

Frager: Ascending to the Rabbinate

In the Five Towns Jewish Times, October 29, 2019, Rabbi Dr. Joseph Frager discusses his plans in the rabbinate and the challenges this generation faces

  Becoming a rabbi was always a dream of mine. I had two older brothers, a brother-in-law, a mechutan, and a son — R’ Binyomin Yehudah — who were rabbis. It is an honor and a privilege to join them in this illustrious society. I have had so many great and erudite rabbis who have…

The 5 Towns Jewish Times The 5 Towns Jewish Times


 

Councilman Fernando Cabrera Presents a Legislative Report at the Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan Conference of the Rabbinical Alliance of America

On Wednesday, October 30, 2019, the Rabbinical Alliance of America — Igud HaRabbonim, representing over 950 American rabbis — convened its monthly conference at Congregation Knesseth Meir in Far Rockaway, New York. Rabbi Mendy Mirocznik, executive vice–president of the Rabbinical Alliance of America thanked Rabbi Betzalel Korn, rabbi of Congregation Knesseth Meir, for hosting the conference and Rabbi Moish Schmerler, director of the Rabbinical Alliance of America, who together with Rabbi Mendy Borenstein and Rabbi Yitzchok Noach Borenstein sponsored the dinner and conference in memory of their respective father-in-law and father Rabbi Shmuel Borenstein, ZT’L, who served for nearly half a century as a teacher (Rosh Mesivta) at YUHSB MTA.

Councilman Fernando Cabrera, a staunch supporter of Israel, attended the meeting and presented a legislative report. He emphasized the need to protect religious liberty, fight anti-Semitism and support the State of Israel. Councilman Cabrera stated, “I want to express my deepest thanks to the Rabbinical Alliance of America. As a member of the New York City Council and Chair of the Committee on Governmental Operations, I’ve had the honor and privilege to fight for the most important causes, causes that ensure that all of us are protected by the law from the forces of division and from those who eschew hate. The current political climate requires all of us to fight even harder for the future of our children and grandchildren. We must never forget how dangerous the world has become and why now more than ever, supporting our friends and allies throughout the world is critical for America leadership in the world. There is no more important friend and ally than Israel, especially with the challenges we see now in the Middle East. We will meet these challenges by first standing together in our faith in God and unquestionable support for Israel and the Jewish people there and here in America.”

Rabbi Mirocznik stated, “In today’s world of uncertainty, it is refreshing to hear Councilman Cabrera so cogently describe the America-Israel relationship. As rabbis, we appreciate his sensitivity and understanding of the unique bond between America and Israel. We are fortunate to have elected representatives such as Councilman Cabrera who have the courage to speak the truth, particularly in this time when there is a growing failure to comprehend the importance of the America-Israel friendship in bringing peace and stability to the Middle East and the entire world.

Also participating in the meeting and the memorial of Rabbi Shmuel Borenstein, ZT’L were Rabbi Betzalel Korn; Rabbi Dovid Katz, Menahel of the Rabbinical Alliance of America; Rabbi Moshe Schmerler; Rabbi Mendy Borenstein; Rabbi Leonard (Yehuda) Blank, Director of the Chaplaincy Commission and External Affairs of the Rabbinical Alliance of America; and Rabbi Yaakov Klass, Presidium Chairman of the Rabbinical Alliance of America.

Names in Pictures

Picture 1, Rabbi Mendy Mirocznik, executive vice-president, RAA/IGUD greets Councilman Fernando Cabrera

Picture 2, a group picture of some of the rabbis in attendance together with Councilman Fernando Cabrera

Picture 3, left to right, Rabbi Yitzchok Noach Borenstein; Rabbi Moshe Schmerler, Director, RAA/IGUD; Rabbi Betzalel Korn, Rabbi, Congregation Knesseth Meir, Far Rockaway, New York; Councilman Fernando Cabrera; Rabbi Mendy Mirocznik, executive vice-president, RAA/IGUD and Rabbi Mendy Borenstein

Picture 4, Mordy Schmerler; Councilman Fernando Cabrera; Rabbi Mendy Mirocznik, executive vice-president, RAA/IGUD and Rabbi Moshe Schmerler, director, RAA/IGUD.

Picture 5, Councilman Fernando Cabrera and Rabbi Mendy Mirocznik, executive vice-president, RAA/IGUD

Picture 6, left to right, Councilman Fernando Cabrera; Rabbi Dr. Hanania Elbaz, presidium member, RAA/IGUD; Rabbi Betzalel Korn, Rabbi, Congregation Knesseth Meir, Far Rockaway, New York; Rabbi Yaakov Klass, presidium chairman, RAA/IGUD; and Rabbi Mendy Mirocznik, executive vice-president, RAA/IGUD

Picture 7, Rabbi Mendy Mirocznik, executive vice-president, RAA/IGUD

Picture 8, Rabbi Mendy Mirocznik, executive vice-president, RAA/IGUD and Rabbi Betzalel Korn Rabbi, Congregation Knesseth Meir, Far Rockaway, New York

Picture 9, left to right, Jonathan Zalisky, Bronx Jewish Community Council; Councilman Fernando Cabrera; Rabbi Mendy Mirocznik, executive vice-president, RAA/IGUD and Rabbi Avrohom Hecht, Jewish Community Council of Canarsie
Picture 10, left to right, Jonathan Zalisky, Bronx Jewish Community Council; Councilman Fernando Cabrera; and Rabbi Mendy Mirocznik, executive vice-president, RAA/IGUD

Picture 11, Aaron Cyperstein, Met Council; Rabbi Avrohom Hecht, Jewish Community Council of Canarsie; Councilman Fernando Cabrera; and Rabbi Mendy Mirocznik, executive vice-president, RAA/IGUD



 

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