The Role and Authority of the Rabbi in American Society

By Chaim I. Waxman

Yeshiva University Press, 2006

As its name suggests, this article deals with the role and authority of the Rabbi in American society where observance is "voluntary." As such, the author first offers a comparison of Judaism with its two sister monotheistic religions in relation to questions of authority, and then delves into a specific discussion of the role and authority of Rabbis within the three most prevalent divisions of Judaism in the United States (i.e., Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox). Furthermore, Waxman deals with American Jewry's increased interest in spirituality, the specific qualities of the Jewish baby boomer population, the concerns over Seminary enrollments at many American Rabbinical Seminaries, and the future of rabbinic authority within the United States, among many other topics covered.

Topic: Generational Issues, Spirituality, Education, Authority, Clergy, Religion, Religious Denominations

Name of Publication: Rabbinic and Lay Communal Authority

Editor: Last-Stone, Suzanne

Page Number(s): 93-112

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Genre: Book Chapter

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Waxman, Chaim I. The Role and Authority of the Rabbi in American Society. Rabbinic and Lay Communal Authority. Yeshiva University Press. 2006: 93-112.


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