Rabbinic Contraction & Covenant

By Stuart Kelman, Alison Jordan

Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute, January 2010

This piece explores the possibility of humanizing rabbinic leadership as related to tzimtzum (contraction or letting go). The authors state that rabbis should let go of traditional roles such as preaching weekly, reciting the public kiddush and conducting unveilings among other things. The piece also emphasizes a collaborative model for rabbis where a rabbi is facilitator and teacher rather than being a performer or focal point of an organization. The piece concludes by asserting the value of rethinking rabbinic leadership within the context of humanizing leadership.

Topic: Prayer, Leadership, Clergy, Values

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: 40/665

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Kelman, Stuart. Jordan, Alison. Rabbinic Contraction & Covenant. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute. January 2010: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=5073


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