Finding Meaning in Jewish Texts Volume 2: Jewish Life
Rabbi Gil Student tackles the most important issues about Jewish leadership, community, and autonomy in his second volume of Search Engine. What exactly is a rabbi – a legal authority, a community organizer, an inspirational speaker, or some combination? What exactly is ordination and can it ever be revoked? Are there any limitations on who can be called a “rabbi”?
In addition, he asks questions to the laity: what does it mean to be a member of the community for a lay-person? Are there obligations incumbent on individuals concerning how they view the rabbinate and Jewish leadership in general? Under what circumstances is it proper for a community to divide, and how does that relate to the value of Jewish unity? Are there beliefs or actions, on the left or right, that are beyond the boundaries of Orthodoxy?
About the Author
Rabbi Gil Student is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of TorahMusings.com. He writes frequently in Jewish newspapers and magazines, serving as a regular contributor to Jewish Action , The Jewish Link of New Jersey , The Jewish Echo , and The Vues . Rabbi Student serves as Director of the Halacha Commission of the Rabbinical Alliance of America, on the Editorial Board of the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Action magazine, and as the magazine’s Book Editor.