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

Statement on Executive Order on Religious Freedom

TORA, the umbrella organization of traditional Orthodox American rabbis, commends President Trump on his Executive Order, “Promoting Free Speech and Religious Freedom.” This executive order is an important step forward in safeguarding the free practice of religion in the United States of America. This great country was founded on faith in the Almighty and has flourished thanks to the freedom to worship Him, each in … Continue reading Statement on Executive Order on Religious Freedom

This Pesach Don’t Pass Over True Freedom

TORA, the umbrella organization of traditional Orthodox American rabbis, wishes all people a blessed holiday of Pesach, also known as Passover, the holiday of freedom. Of all the great festivals on the Jewish calendar, Pesach is the one that engages us most as a nation. The awesome but meticulous journey towards a home free from leaven coupled with the spiritual and ritual preparations for Seder … Continue reading This Pesach Don’t Pass Over True Freedom

Statement on David Friedman, Nominee for US Ambassador to Israel

TORA, the umbrella organization of traditional Orthodox American rabbis, joins with many others who know of the integrity and competence of David Friedman, President Trump’s nominee for US Ambassador to Israel. We share his core values of respect for human life, for the importance of Israel in the lives of Jews, and his dedication to the United States as a world leader. We are offended … Continue reading Statement on David Friedman, Nominee for US Ambassador to Israel