Statement on Orthodox Union’s Stance on Women Clergy

TORA, the organization of Traditional Orthodox Rabbis of America, applauds the recent decision by the Orthodox Union to implement the details of the responsum they presented last year. In a statement released yesterday, the OU states unequivocally that the institution of female clergy is not in consonance with Orthodox Judaism and therefore will not be acceptable in OU member synagogues. Despite harrowing criticism from more liberal rabbis, the OU decided to … Continue reading Statement on Orthodox Union’s Stance on Women Clergy

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Learn more about TORA

TORA is a rabbinic voice that clearly, unequivocally and unhesitatingly articulates the hashkafa of Orthodox Judaism on timely and timeless issues. Orthodoxy is portrayed too often in the Jewish and general media in ways that are incompatible or not fully representative of authentic Torah positions. As the general society rethinks and revisits traditional values while it contemplates new moral and ethical issues, it is our … Continue reading Learn more about TORA

Statement on Gender

TORA, the organization of Traditional Orthodox Rabbis of America, notes that a group of Christian and Muslim faith leaders issued a thoughtful statement on sexuality and gender deserving broad attention (“Created Male and Female,” Dec. 15, 2017). We encourage the community to engage every individual with respect and compassion, especially when that individual experiences pain and confusion. The existence of people experiencing pain and confusion … Continue reading Statement on Gender

Statement on the Status of Jerusalem

TORA, the organization of Traditional Rabbis of America, applauds and expresses our deep gratitude to President Trump for his courageous and historic decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to begin the process of moving the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. This decision, which implements a law passed by Congress in 1995, acknowledges the reality that each sovereign … Continue reading Statement on the Status of Jerusalem

Statement on Synagogue Acknowledgment of Forbidden Unions

Judaism celebrates marriage and the creation of families. However, families must conform to a Torah framework, following its laws including those listed in Vayikra 18, as delineated by the Talmud and later authorities. Recently, some synagogues that affiliate Orthodox have congratulated members or children and grandchildren of members on life cycle events that are in blatant violation of Torah laws, specifically same-sex unions. TORA, the umbrella group of Traditional Orthodox … Continue reading Statement on Synagogue Acknowledgment of Forbidden Unions

Statement on the Jerusalem Protests

TORA, the Traditional Orthodox Rabbis of America, is extremely dismayed and appalled by the violence, disrespect for the law and the rights of other citizens, and shocking behavior of alleged Bnai Torah as part of the protests of the Peleg Yerushalmi group. Rather than protect the Torah, they bring contempt upon it and its true adherents. We recognize that these relatively few young individuals who … Continue reading Statement on the Jerusalem Protests

Statement about the Kushners and the Sabbath

TORA, the umbrella group of Traditional Orthodox Rabbis of America, voices its concern that misunderstanding of the activities of the Kushners could lead to an erosion of the historic responsibility of employers to accommodate individual religious beliefs. For generations, observant Jews all too often heard the refrain from their employers: If you do not show up to work on Saturday, don’t come back on Monday. … Continue reading Statement about the Kushners and the Sabbath