RCA Resolutions

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  • Dialogue and Partnering with the Greater Orthodox Organizational World: link
  • Supporting Operation Cast Lead and Opposing the Goldstone Report: link
  • Condemning and Combating Child Abuse: link
  • Expressing Concern and Developing Sensitivity for Disaster Victims: link
  • Exercising Care When Interacting With General Society: link
  • Supporting and Defending Converts: link
  • Extending the Ethical Guidelines Initiative to Businesses Beyond: link
  • Assisting Rabbis in Difficult Employment Situations: link
  • Post-High School Torah Study in Israel: link
  • Preserving Jewish Religious Sites in the Land of Israel: link
  • Avowing the Religious and Historical Significance of Jerusalem and the Land of Israel: link
  • Women’s Communal Roles in Orthodox Jewish Life: link
  • About Gil Student

    Rabbi Gil Student is the Editor of TorahMusings.com, a leading website on Orthodox Jewish scholarly subjects, and the Book Editor of the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Action magazine. He writes a popular column on issues of Jewish law and thought featured in newspapers and magazines, including The Jewish Link, The Jewish Echo and The Vues. In the past, he has served as the President of the small Jewish publisher Yashar Books and as the Managing Editor of OU Press. Rabbi Student currently is serving his third term on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America and also serves as the Director of the Halacha Commission of the Rabbinical Alliance of America. He serves on the Editorial Board of Jewish Action magazineand the Board of OU Press. He has published four English books, the most recent titled Search Engine volume 2: Finding Meaning in Jewish Texts -- Jewish Leadership, and served as the American editor for Morasha Kehillat Yaakov: Essays in Honour of Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.

    One comment

    1. joelrich 04/27/2010 10:13 PM
      cute using the RCA (radio corporation of america) logo-since iirc they had “his master’s voice” as a trademark (assumedly you were referring to the high fidelity of the RCA to out master’s voice.)

      BTW do you think there will be joint statements with the Rabbinic Fellowship as well as with aguda?
      hk 04/28/2010 12:17 AM
      Does this mean the proposed resolution to bar officer positions from those who belong to the Rabbinic Fellowship didn’t pass?
      Shlomo2 04/28/2010 01:36 AM
      It’s nice that they have decided to take upon themselves a leadership role in teaching others about ethical behavior.

      I would be interested to know what procedures exist as regards to ensuring that the RCA Rabbis themselves act in a way that is honorable and ethical.

      Although they do have a Vaad HaKavod, there is an interesting catch there. Specifically, they will only accept complaints filed by an RCA member.

      This is why it’s next to impossible to hold any RCA members accountable, as the complaining colleague would be risking his own career and shunning by his colleagues in order to do so.

      Similarly,although anyone could file a complaint with the Beis Din of America, they will not issue a hazmona to someone who is an RCA member.

      This is what I have been told by a reliable Rav.
      (Edited by author 3 months ago)
      mycroft 04/28/2010 05:15 AM in reply to Shlomo2
      For starters how about treating DINA DMAALCHITA DINA SERIOUSLY-pput in bylaws similar to NYS for attorneys that anyone convicted of a crime must resign from RCA. How about a requirement anyone forced out of his schul for amorous dealings with memebers-assuming a marriage in volved-must resign etc etc.
      The RCA is a trade union with interests in promoting its memebers-no different than Medical Associations, trade unions etc. All sometimes like to dress up their activities with public statements.
      AMA hasJaMA-RCA Tradition etc.
      mycroft 04/28/2010 07:32 AM in reply to joelrich
      Why not? To the extent they agree on anything it would be perfectly appropriate-there appear to be issues of general agreement not only with the Fellowship and Agudah but with the CCAR and RA.
      At least 4 of the above resolutions would be supported by all groups that I mentioned.
      evan830 04/28/2010 10:26 AM
      Am I the only person who finds this sentence from the Cast Lead reslution “And we proudly identify, as Americans and as Jews, with the two most moral nations on earth, the United States and the State of Israel” disturbing? There’s a fine line between defending Israel and offering up statements that per se express a lack of interest in any facts, especially when talking about the Goldstone Report, which for its sins at least was the product of actual research. Offering up the conclusion that Israel and the US are the most moral nations in the world as if its a truism seems to me to cross that line. Would someone at the RCA care to defend the idea that the US is objectively more moral than Canada? Or Luxembourg? How did they make that determination?
      mechyfrankel 04/28/2010 10:26 AM
      Whereas there are individuals and groups on either ideological side of us who do not choose to join us, since they feel that their agendas are too dissimilar from those of the RCA to consider joining our membership …

      1. i infer those YCT graduates didn’t choose to join. who knew?
      2. agenda is already plural.
      Shlomo2 04/28/2010 10:35 AM in reply to mycroft
      I wasn’t aware that other trade unions preach to the world about morality yet rig the system so that they cannot be held accountable for their own conduct..

      Think about it:

      The Vaad HaKavod won’t follow up on any complaint issued by anyone other than a fellow member, nor will the Beis Din of America follow up on any complaint issued against an RCA member — as a matter of policy!

      Perhaps what this Rav told me about the RCA system is wrong, but he seemed to know what he was talking about.
      joel rich 04/28/2010 10:57 AM
      BTW – a valuable service would be provided if the RCA or R’ Gil (or someone else) would take these (and prior) resolutions and issue a scorecard (including YU, CJF, Ou..) each 6 months.
      mycroft 04/28/2010 10:47 PM in reply to evan830
      “Offering up the conclusion that Israel and the US are the most moral nations in the world as if its a truism seems to me to cross that line. Would someone at the RCA care to defend the idea that the US is objectively more moral than Canada?”

      Excellent point-especially since the RCA has many memebers in Canada. Certainly as far as being concerned for the less fortunate of society the US and Israel are nowhere near the top.
      mycroft 04/28/2010 10:50 PM in reply to joel rich
      Whose going to waste their time reading old resolutions-no one cares about PR driven actions.
      lawrence kaplan 04/29/2010 12:43 PM
      I think the resolutions re conversions and the year in Israel were significant. Does anyone have anything to say?

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