(DAH MAH L'HOSHIV... If you live in Marryland, many clergy didn't know this information.)
On March 2, 011 Ultra Orthodox Greenfield voted with liberal NYC Council Members to in effect neuter the effectiveness of crisis pregnancy centers, which saved 40,000 (!) pre-born babies since their inception! SHAME ON GREENFIELD!!!
איגוד הרבנים דאמריקא
Rabbinical Alliance of America
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Rabbi Abraham B. Hecht
Rabbi Herschel Kurzrock
Rabbi Gershon Tannenbaum
Rosh Beth Din
For Immediate Release
March 9, 2011
Contact: Rabbi Yehuda Levin
Councilman Greenfield Defies His G-d and His Constituents with His Pro-Abortion Vote; We Demand A Retraction Or Else!
Earlier this week, the Rabbinical Alliance of America expressed their outrage at Councilman David Greenfield of Boro Park, for joining with ultra-Liberals to pass measure 371 which will in effect increase abortions in the city by “handcuffing” pro-life crisis pregnancy centers.
The Alliance is a 70 year old national Rabbinic organization (Igud Harabonim) consisting of over 850 Rabbis scores of whom reside in New York & Brooklyn.
Rabbi Yehuda Levin, Rabbinical Alliance Spokesman stated: “Every Orthodox Jew knows that abortion on demand with the rarest of exceptions (such as life of the mother) is prohibited in the strongest terms. Thus, for Greenfield to represent one of the largest Orthodox constituencies outside of Israel, and reject his own Orthodox upbringing and the will of his Torah adhering constituents is a mega scandal. Which Rabbi permitted him to vote for something that the Talmud and Maimonides rule may be the equivalent of murder? Is Greenfield representing Greenwich Village or Boro Park?
When Mr. Greenfield did not actively support a tax abatement for Moisha’s Supermarket, we were quiet. When Mr. Greenfield did not support funding various organizations in Boro Park, we were silent. We are a Rabbinic organization and try to stay out of local politics. But when David Greenfield, a newcomer office holder, has the “chutzpah” to do what no local Orthodox office holder would do, stand our Torah Right to Life mandate on its head, we dare not countenance his desecration of our G-d’s values. It’s bad enough we suffer the pain of having irreligious Jews like Councilman Lander or Israel vote for more abortion/pre born baby killing, should we allow Greenfield to burnish his Liberal credentials, or curry favor with the radical city Council leadership at the expense of our most basic moral values? We say absolutely not!
Should Greenfield try to rationalize that he voted as a quid pro-quo to obtain support for other community needs, we declare: Don’t support our community, through the blood of innocent babies. That’s blood money.
If Councilman Greenfield does not publicly retract and denounce his own vote and publicly pledge to consult and abide by the advice of a prominent coalition of communal Rabbis, with regard to any legislation which touches upon morality, many constituents will begin now to look for an alternative City Councilman.
Mr. Greenfield, you have shamed our G-d, our community and revealed yourself to be a dangerous person. We demand you make amends now!”
Addendum for the Frum Community:
We respectfully but urgently call upon the Torah leadership of Boro Park and New York (Chilul Hashem recognizes no boundaries) to reign in David Greenfield and assure this never happens again.
We respectfully address our plea to the following Rabonim and Organizations: The esteemed Bobover and Satmar Rabbeim, Agudah, the Hisachdus, the Novominsker Rebbe, the Skulener Rebbe, the Tosher Dayan, the Karlsburger Rav, Rav Bick, and every other Rav and Askan who is concerned with Kovod Shomayim and morality. Simply put, we are seeing the growth of a politician who represents a danger to us. Now is the time to deal with him and put him in his place.
Rabbi Yehuda Levin
I am a student at Concord Carlisle High School in Massachusetts, and in December of last year, my school put on a production of musical "Falsettos" which, if you are unfamiliar with the play, is about a Jewish family in New York experiencing troubles because of sexuality. There is a woman my town who believes that this play "
Here is my response:
I wrote the letter. Jews are referred to in the bible as a nation of priests & holy people. we are told" be holy because i your God am holy." this " play" is pure smut & antithetical to bi blical values for which jews died in inquisitions holocaust etc. frankly i believe that devout moslem s & christians both of whom base major parts of their religions on our values & our torah would feel equally offended if their religion where debased in the play. i assume if this exact play would be about you , your parents , grandparents siblings, etc. & whatever religious or moral values you 'subscribe' to you or they [certainly your grandparents] would be outraged. nice of you to write ,but saying im sorry as if that is a magic wand which somehow erases the insult & the pain... it does not ,at all. furthermore to add insult to injury ,you act as judge & rule that unless we stand with the petition & mass resistance [we proudly do!] there's nothing else offensive about this , debased , debauched smut.this attitude reflects your obvious lack of elemental values which your own antecedents going back millennia adhered to.its quite immature& frankly very self centered in not being able to understand another group's pain or values. how sad.