The Three Teachers Who Most Influenced My Rabbinate

05/24/2016 - 17:10

Thirty five years ago this week, I ascended the bima at Congregation Emanuel of the City of New York, and Rabbi Alfred Gottschalk, of blessed memory, placed his hands on my head and ordained me as a rabbi.

Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

Poll: 75% Of Israelis Want Divorce Out Of Rabbinate’s Hands

03/25/2016 - 11:22

Three quarters of respondents in a survey about divorce in Israel said they supported taking the procedure out of the rabbinate’s hands and subjecting it to the authority of secular family courts.

Women protest outside the Justice ministry in Jerusalem, regarding women bound in marriage by husband who refuses a divorce. JTA

Riskin at Risk?

Chief Rabbi of Efrat says he would defy the Chief Rabbinate if they attempt to dismiss him.

05/25/2015 - 20:00

Though the Israeli Chief Rabbinate might want him out, Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, chief rabbi of Efrat, isn't going without a fight.

Rabbi Riskin says he would defy the Israeli Chief Rabbinate if they attempted to dismiss him. JTA

Power-Sharing In Synagogues

03/31/2014 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

As a profession, the rabbinate as we know it is a creation of the modern era.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

My Teacher And Mentor: A Tribute To Rabbi Avi Weiss

03/23/2014 - 20:00

The Yeshivat Chovevei Torah dinner March 23 in New York marked the first time Rav Avi Weiss has ever allowed himself to be publically honored.

I was one of the rabbis lucky enough to learn the rabbinate from him, having served as Rav Avi’s assistant rabbi for six years. Even today, 18 years after I left his professional side, there is not a single day that unaffected by what he taught me. So I’ll try to sneak this in now, alongside the many tributes to him.

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