The Religious Freedom Institute (RFI) will host today's launch event for the National Committee for Religious Freedom (NCRF), chaired by Ambassador Sam Brownback. The event will be livestreamed on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at 12pm EST on RFI’s website, YouTube channel, and Facebook page

NCRF is a non-partisan, non-profit organization established to defend religious freedom for all Americans and all their religious communities by supporting political candidates at the local, state, and national levels—regardless of party affiliation—who support the free exercise of religion.

Rabbi Menken was invited to be a founding member of the advisory board of this important new effort. Others on the board include Jeff Ballabon, Founder and Director of the Jewish Legal Defense Fund; Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York; Tom Farr, President of the Religious Freedom Institute (RFI); Michael Farris, President & CEO of Alliance Defending Freedom; Mary Ann Glendon, Learned Hand Professor of Law at Harvard University and former U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See; Paul Murray, Vice President, Religious Freedom Initiatives, The Global Peace Foundation; Penny Nance, CEO & President of Concerned Women for America; Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council; Jeff Sessions, former Attorney General of the United States & former U.S. Senator from Alabama; and Frank Wolf, former Member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

"Ambassador Brownback insisted that the new NCRF launch with Jewish representation," Rabbi Menken said. "This is evidence of the group's sincere commitment to full religious rights for all Americans, including minority communities like our own."

“Religious freedom is a cornerstone of America’s constitutional democracy and was at the heart of America’s founding,” said Ambassador Brownback. “We are creating the National Committee for Religious Freedom to uphold this fundamental right, so revered by our Founders, by providing a critically needed political response to the ongoing attacks, in law and culture, on America’s First Freedom.”

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Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer: Korach, Moshe and Aharon; Unity and Division - 1st Aliyah (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - June 26, 2022 - In Parshas Korach, Korach and his people complain that Moshe and Aharon should not have special positions for themselves, they too want positions. Moshe and Aharon, in their own ways, bring peace amongst the people. Aharon brings peace through warmth and love, while Moshe brings peace through maintaining the laws of Torah within the nation. Korach tries to say there is no need for separation, and divided positions, and thus, this is the root of his argument. Moshe’s stance shows how crucial it is to have that separate division in order to maintain peace amongst the nation.


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Baltimore, MD - June 26, 2022 - In Parshas Korach, Korach and his people complain that Moshe and Aharon should not have special positions for themselves, they too want positions. Moshe and Aharon, in their own ways, bring peace amongst the people. Aharon brings peace through warmth and love, while Moshe brings peace through maintaining the laws of Torah within the nation. Korach tries to say there is no need for separation, and divided positions, and thus, this is the root of his argument. Moshe’s stance shows how crucial it is to have that separate division in order to maintain peace amongst the nation. Click here to listen
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