The Rabbi as Gatekeeper

By Robert Tabak

Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA), Fall 1994

The author asserts that conversions pose a unique question for Reconstructionist rabbis. He discusses his own conversion experiences (and those of colleagues) in order to illustrate the importance of boundaries, and the role in which rabbis find themselves when presiding over conversions to Judaism. The author argues that rabbis have the responsibility and authority to serve as representatives of Jewish tradition and peoplehood.

Topic: Halakha, Peoplehood, Jewish Law, Conversion, Reconstructionist Judaism

Name of Publication: The Reconstructionist

Editor: Hirsh, Richard

Volume/Issue: Vol.59/No.2

Page Number(s): 88-94

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Genre: Scholarly Journal

Coverage: United States

Language: English

Copyright Holder: Publisher

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Bibliographic Information:
Tabak, Robert. The Rabbi as Gatekeeper. The Reconstructionist. Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA). Fall 1994: 88-94.


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