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‫קול קורא‬ Important Announcement We, the undersigned, affirm that any individual with firsthand knowledge or reasonable basis to suspect child abuse has a religious obligation to promptly notify the secular law enforcement of that information. These individuals have the experience, expertise and training to thoroughly and responsibly investigate the matter. Furthermore, those deemed “mandated reporters” under secular law must obey their State’s reporting requirements. Lives can be ruined or ended by unreported child abuse, as we are too often tragically reminded. The Torah’s statement in Leviticus 19:16, “Do not stand by while your neighbor’s blood is shed," obligates every member of the community to do all in one's power to prevent harm to others. In conclusion, every individual with firsthand knowledge or reasonable cause for suspicion of child abuse has a Torah obligation to promptly notify the proper civil authorities.

HaRav Shmuel Fuerst Dayan, Agudas Yisroel Chicago, IL

Harav Nota Greenblatt Dayan, Posek and Rosh Yeshiva Yeshiva Gedola of Memphis Memphis, TN

HaRav Elchonon Tauber Dayan and Mora D’Asra Bais Yehudah Los Angeles, CA

HaRav Noach Isaac Oelbaum Mora D’Asra Nachlas Yitzchok Kew Gardens Hills, NY

HaRav Dov Aharon Brisman Rosh Bais Din B’datz Philadelphia Mora D’Asra Young Israel of Elkins Park Elkins Park, PA

HaRav Yechiel Yitchok Perr Rosh HaYeshiva Yeshivah of Far Rockaway Derech Ayson Rabbinical Seminary Far Rockaway, NY

HaRav Pinchos Gruman Mora D’Asra Kesher Torah Los Angeles, CA

HaRav Kalman Epstein Rosh HaYeshiva Yeshiva Shaar HaTorah Queens, NY

HaRav Gershon Tannenbaum Director, Rabbinical Alliance of America (Igud Horabbonim) Mara D'Asra B'nai Israel of Linden Heights, Boro Park, NY

HaRav Ahron Shraga Lopiansky Rosh HaYeshiva Yeshiva Gedola of Greater Washington Silver Spring, MD

HaRav Yaakov Hopfer Mora D’Asra Shearith Yisroel Baltimore, MD

HaRav Yitzchock Wasserman Rosh HaYeshiva Yeshivas Toras Chaim Talmudic Seminary Denver, CO

HaRav Aryeh Ralbag Av Beis Din, Agudas HaRabbonim Mora D’Asra Young Israel of Avenue K Brooklyn, NY Chief Rabbi, Amsterdam, Holland

HaRav Yisroel Meir Kagan Rosh HaYeshiva Yeshiva Toras Chaim Denver, CO

HaRav Peretz Steinberg Mora D’Asra Young Israel Queens Valley Co-Chairman Bais Din Agudath Yisroel Kew Garden Hills, NY

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