ELUL …and counting The month of Elul – which began 10 days ago – is the month before the High Holidays. It is a time for reflection…a time of growth…a time of change. For the next few weeks, we will offer “Elul Thoughts” gleaned from other sources. We hope they inspire. Elul Thought #1 […]
The ambitious goal of articulating a broad, coherent and compelling vision for Rabbis is fraught with difficult questions such as: How do we maintain a balance between the values of centralized authority and personal autonomy in halachik decision making, particularly for status issues that relate to the global Jewish community such as conversion policies and standards? How do we provide and promote a ‘big tent’ philosophy welcoming Rabbis who share different approaches and philosophies while at the same time maintain boundaries of acceptable halachik and hashkafic (ideological) ideas and behavior? How should the agenda of the Jewish community be set and how should we leverage our limited resources? How can we collaborate and create synergy with leadership of the greater Jewish community without compromising or diluting authentic and authoritative Torah positions and messages?