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Semichah: Rabbinic ordination.
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A Brief History of Rabbinic Ordination (Semicha)
The word rabbi means “my master” in Hebrew. A rabbi is a religious leader of Jewish people. Some rabbis lead congregations (synagogues), others are teachers, and yet others lead informally. Rabbinic ordination is known as semichah. In common parlance, a r...
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Zach Gomo is far from uneducated. Yet even with two advanced degrees, the assistant principal of Bialik College—an acclaimed Jewish day school in Melbourne, Australia—still wanted more. And at the age of 34, studying mostly alone at home, he has now becom...
He dedicated his life to Torah study and instruction
Rabbi Meir Aharon had a meticulous daily routine all his life, never wasting a minute. When he rode the bus each morning from his home in Bnei Brak, Israel, to Lod, where he taught schoolchildren, he’d study seven folios of Talmud. After returning home fr...
They were burning with an urge for revenge. “Let us ambush the new rabbi at night and beat him to a pulp,” one suggested.
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Some 700 guests from eight nations at the ordination ceremony in New Jersey
The Chabad-affiliated Rabbinical College of America outside of Morristown, N.J., presented certificates to 257 newly ordained rabbis, the majority of whom congregated on Sunday in the leafy suburb with family and friends for what is possibly the largest c...
Great Torah centers, most notably in Eretz Israel, Turkey, and Poland, arose to replace the destruction of the Spanish communities.
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