The Rabbi as Master

By Daniel G. Cedarbaum

Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA), Fall 1999

This piece explores the notion of the role and meaning of a rabbi as a master/teacher. The author highlights the commonly-used definition of master as a teacher with exceptional skill and expertise. The author identifies two non-traditional aspects of the rabbi-student relationship through two traditional texts, one rabbinical and one biblical text. In the rabbinical text the author elaborates on the story of rabbi and student from the third century C.E., whose story defines the nature of the teacher-student relationship as being a partnership where each teaches and learns from the other. The biblical story highlights the rabbiĆ¢??s role as a tam, a person who speaks according to his or her heart and remains open to new ideas and experiences and is not blinded by technical details. The piece concludes by reaffirming the role of the Rabbi as a partner in learning through the combination of both concepts.

Topic: Judaic Studies, Jewish Text, Jewish Studies, Clergy

Name of Publication: The Reconstructionist

Editor: Hirsh, Richard

Volume/Issue: Vol. 64/No.1

Page Number(s): 39-42

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

Copyright Holder: Publisher

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Bibliographic Information:
Cedarbaum, Daniel G. The Rabbi as Master. The Reconstructionist. Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA). Fall 1999: 39-42.


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