These statements do not represent Torat Chayim at large, nor do they represent all of the rabbinic members. Rather, groups of rabbis within Torat Chayim issue statements together that represent the views of those who have signed each particular statement.
Orthodox Rabbis Call on Orthodox Community to Prioritize DACA these Six Months! "The Torah knows that it is difficult to achieve this high level of understanding. That’s why it has underscored the obligation to care for the stranger 36 times. But it also knows that we are capable of achieving this level of understanding. And when we do, we not only fulfill God’s commandments; we fulfill our own humanity."
Orthodox Rabbis Call For Action For the Rohingya "We ask members of faith communities to learn about and speak of the Rohingya refugees around family tables and in religious centers. We call upon the nations involved to stop selling arms to Myanmar. We have serious concerns about Israel, the Jewish State, which was established on the embers of the Holocaust and understands genocide all too well, selling weapons to a state behaving in such a matter. We say to the Rohingya people: You are not alone."
Orthodox Rabbinic Statement on Christianity "We Jews and Christians have more in common than what divides us: the ethical monotheism of Abraham; the relationship with the One Creator of Heaven and Earth, Who loves and cares for all of us; Jewish Sacred Scriptures; a belief in a binding tradition; and the values of life, family, compassionate righteousness, justice, inalienable freedom, universal love and ultimate world peace."
Time to Stop Using Chickens for Kaporot "The Jewish tradition provides a few ways to atone, including swinging money around one's head or a chicken. Once swung around the head, the chicken is ritually slaughtered and supposed to be given to the poor. There is no legal imperative to use a chicken for this ritual and so we call on all Jews to stop using chickens for kaparot and to use money instead as the chickens are grossly mistreated."
Orthodox Rabbis Speak Out Against Charlottesville Riots "The central teaching of the Bible is that every human being is created in the image of God. This means that every individual and group is unique and to be treasured — but is, no less, equal and of infinite worth. Equality and protection of the law are enshrined in the founding documents of the United States and are central to our national culture and values consensus."
Over 100 Rabbis Denounce the Death Penalty "As Jews and citizens, we believe that governments must protect the dignity and rights of every human being. By using the death penalty, our country fails to live up to this basic requirement."
Statement by Israeli Orthodox Rabbis On The Climate Crisis "Reducing climate change must be a central focus of Jewish life today. We strongly recommend that our fellow rabbis, Jewish educators, and other Jewish leaders, and our synagogues, Jewish schools, and other Jewish individuals and organizations take major steps to increase awareness of climate threats and steps that must be taken to reduce them."
Orthodox Rabbis On What It Means To be a Religious Jews Today "As a group, we acknowledge that there are many ways to be Jewish, and certainly many ways to be religious. We hope these short, thoughtful replies prompt readers to reflect more deeply on the meaning of their religious lives and to strive for deeper authenticity while re-affirming a life of moral and spiritual growth."
Orthodox Rabbis Warn of 'Moral and Spiritual Dangers' of Eating Meat "A substantial body of research suggests there is significant and unnatural pain caused toward animals during their raising and slaughter for human consumption, that factory farming is one of the leading contributors to carbon emissions, and that the consumption of large amounts of meat is a leading contributor to cardiac disease, gastrointestinal ailments, and certain types of cancers."
Orthodox Rabbis Urge 'Spiritual Resistance' Against Trump Policies "Our Sages taught that one may not with good conscience take part in actions with a government official who acts on his or her own authority or does not consider him or herself bound by any limits (Bava Kama 113b). Authority is only just and righteous when it is proscribed by law and by civic norms. Any leader who taunts, harasses, threatens and intimidates the citizens and residents of his country with abandon is one whose policies and attitudes we must respond to with acts of spiritual resistance."
Orthodox Rabbis Condemn Donald Trump's 'Hateful Rhetoric and Intolerant Policy Proposals' "We believe that religion should be lived in daily life and applied in the public square and in making policy judgments. We also believe that religion should be invoked with care because its tendency to judge matters in absolute or ultimate terms may interfere with the ability of the political system to work through partial steps, compromises and pragmatic accommodations. We also affirm that it is improper to claim that God or our religion is totally on one side, be it progressive or conservative. We affirm that people of good faith can come to contradictory conclusions on policy matters. "