In a strongly worded letter addressed to New York State Board of Regents’ Chancellor Betty Rosa, over 200 rabbanim from around the country registered a protest to the regulations proposed by the education department. In unequivocal terms, the rabbis called the new regulations “untenable and unnecessary.” They noted the contribution to society Yeshiva graduates have made, and that “the Jewish passion for knowledge has produced not only great Torah scholars but also prominent leaders in almost every field.”
In an appeal against the negative impact they foresee if the regulations are implemented, they said, “We appeal to you, please let us do it our way. We shall not disappoint except those who seek to be disappointed.”
In closing, they told Chancellor Rosa that with her support, they could fulfill the ultimate purpose of education: Improving the lives of others and leaving the community and the world better than one finds it.