ADDRESSES OF RABBISA IN MOETZET GEDOLAI HATORAH in America
From: Avi Shafran <Shafran@agudathisrael.org>
Date: Mon, Oct 6, 2008 at 9:20 AM
Subject: Re: response to your questions
To: Robin Ticker <email@example.com>
The following list is copied from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moetzes_Gedolei_HaTorah
Current members belonging to Agudath Israel
Rabbi Yaakov Aryeh Alter, the Rebbe of Ger (Hasidic dynasty) (Chairman)
Rabbi Moshe Yehoshua Hager, the Rebbe of Vizhnitz (Hasidic dynasty)
Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Horowitz, the Rebbe of Boston (Hasidic dynasty)
Rabbi Avrohom Yaakov Friedman, the Rebbe of Sadigura (Hasidic dynasty)
Rabbi Chaim Shaul Taub, the Rebbe of Modzitz (Hasidic dynasty)
Rabbi Yochanan Sofer, the Rebbe of Erlau
Current members belonging to Degel HaTorah
Rabbi Yosef Shalom Eliashiv (Co-Chairman)
Rabbi Aharon Leib Shteinman, the Rosh Yeshiva of the Ponevezh Yeshiva (Co-Chairman)
Rabbi Yissachar Dov Rokeach (II), the Rebbe of Belz (Hasidic dynasty)
Rabbi Michel Yehuda Lefkowitz, the Rosh Yeshiva of the Ponevezh Yeshiva
Rabbi Chaim Pinchas Scheinberg, the Rosh Yeshiva of the yeshiva Torah Ore
Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach, the Rosh Yeshiva of the Maalos HaTorah yeshiva
Rabbi Nosson Tzvi Finkel (Mir), the Rosh Yeshiva of the Mir yeshiva (Jerusalem)
Rabbi Gershon Edelstein, the Rosh Yeshiva of the Ponevezh Yeshiva
Rabbi Meir Tzvi Bergman, the Rosh Yeshiva of the Yeshiva Rashbi
Robin Ticker wrote:
Dear Rabbi Shafran, amv'sh
Thank you so much for responding.
Can you please provide the names of the Eretz Yisroel Moetzes Gedolei Hatorah or the names of the Gedoilim in EY from whom American Agudah are waiting to get direction regarding taking a position?
Gmar Chasima Tova!
On Fri, Oct 3, 2008 at 2:02 PM, Avi Shafran <Shafran@agudathisrael.org> wrote:
The American Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah does not generally take positions on matters of Israeli security. I do not know if the Eretz Yisrael Moetzes has done so with regard to Yehudah and Shomron (or territory in the Negev that was abandoned).
That the Jewish people is entitled to all of Eretz Yisrael, though, is a truism. Whether or not we have been zocheh at this point in history to be able to exercise that right, however, is a different, and open, question. My impression is that most Gedolim in Eretz Yisrael are opposed to a Palestinian state (at least in the absence of a sea-change in Palestinian attitudes).
Should those Gedolim in E"Y ask the American Agudah to organize some sort of public expression of a position, we would obviously treat the request with great alacrity. To date, though, they have not.
Robin Ticker wrote:bs"d
Dear Rabbi Shafran, amv"sh
Whatever you send to me should be considered for public distribution.
Official Questions awaiting official responses:
What is the position of Moetzet Gedolei Hatorah regarding Yehudah and the Shomron in our day? Are we entitled to this Land today or is this up to the political decisions of the government of Israel which means the establishment of a Palestinian State and the expulsion of the Jews from Yesha..
If you answer that we are not entitled to Yehudah and the Shomron then what should be the answer for the hundreds of thousands of Jews presently living in Yesha.
If you answer that we are entitled to Yehudah and the Shomron then what is Agudath Yisroel doing proactive to mobilize it's people to protest a Palestinian State and keep Yehudah and the Shomron..
What is the position of the Moetzet Gedolei Hatorah regarding territory that have been ceded to the Arabs like Gush Katif and any future negotiations. Are these agreements legal and binding according to the Torah. Have Moetzet Gedolei Hatorah concluded that they are legal agreements altogether.
The following organizations must have extensive mailing lists of Rabbanim, since they reach tens of thousands of Jews if not more, with the various Torah Lectures on Ahavas Yisroel, Shmiras Halashon, Tisha Baav Programming
I would send them letters return/receipt addressed to the key contact people and ask/plead with them to pass it along to their list of influential Rabbanim. It's a matter of Pikuach Nefesh.
Mr. Michael Rothschild
Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation
361 Spook Rock Road
Suffern, NY 10901
This organizations has worldwide Harbotzas HaTorah Projects and Torah lectures held in USA, Israel, Europe, Canada, South America, Australia, South Africa. They have hundreds of Rabbanim that have lectured for them and the Gedolei Hador of Eretz Yisroel have their ear. (Maran HaGaon
Rabbi Elozer B. Bald
Founder and Menahel
Irgun Shiurai Torah
Brooklyn, NY 11204
cc: Ari Parnes and Reuven Wolf
Irgun Shiurai Torah TapeCenter
4609 - 16th Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11204
In addition I will try to get contact info for the Kiruv ORganizations like Aarachim, Aish Hatorah, Ohr Sameach. Unless they show that they believe in G-ds Covenant with our forefathers and a willingness to not stand by in Silence at the Blood of our brothers, their other words of chizuk will not be considered authentic.
Rav Yaakov Perlow, Noveminsker Rav shlita
Rosh Agudath Yisroel of America
Agudath Yisroel of America
42 Broadway Suite 1400 New York, NY 10004
Tel 212-797-9000 Fax: (212) 254-1600
cc: Avi Shafran Director of Public Affairs for Agudath Israel
Rabbi Pesach Lerner shlita
Executive Vice President of the National Council of Young Israel
The Council of Young Israel Rabbis USA: - CYIR,
111 John Street, Suite 450, New York, New York 10038
Tel: 212-929-1525 Fax: 212-727-9526
Mr. David Olivestone shlita
Director of Communications and Planning
The Orthodox Union
New York, NY 10004
Tel:: (212) 563-4000 ♦ Fax: (212) 564-9058
Rabbi Krinsky shlita
770 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11213
Tel: 718 774.4000 / fax 718 774.2718
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