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Any discussion of the Reform rabbinate and the academic study of Judaism presupposes some distinct notion of the primary function of a rabbi, as well as a clear definition of what Torah means in the context of our contemporary community and the new settings in which Jewish learning are presently located. Admittedly, both definitions that I offer are subjective and incomplete and arise from my own unique situation of being both an academic scholar and a Reform rabbi, as well as the son of a Reform rabbi.
Originally published in the CCAR Yearbook by the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) © 1989. https://ccarnet.org/. Reproduced with permission.
Ruderman, D. B. (1989). The Academic Study of Judaism: A Challenge to the Reform Rabbi. CCAR Yearbook, 99 78-85. Retrieved from https://repository.upenn.edu/history_papers/45
Date Posted: 02 August 2017