Michael Schreiber

Women’s Titles

04/06/2010 - 20:00

The title “rabbi” does not come with any sort of divine inspiration, magical power or secret handshake. So why all the fuss over Sara Hurwitz’s title (“Rabba Hurwitz Mulling Retracting New Title,” March 19)?

 Throughout the Young Israel network of synagogues, interns who have not received semicha of any sort are casually called rabbi. In the yeshiva system, male teachers of religious subjects are called rabbi whether or not they have received rabbinical ordination from an accredited seminary.

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