Disciples, Rebbes, and Jewish Renewal

By Chava Weissler

Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media), December 2006

In light of events of the abuse of power by charismatic leaders in Jewish American Renewal movements, Weissler discusses the inherent dangers of the Hasidic model of the rebbe-disciple, where powerful spiritual experiences are vulnerable to a teacher who offers frenzied ecstasy instead. Weissler follows an online debate about this subject that took place on the organization's list-serve.

Topic: Spirituality, Abuse, Power, Education, Leadership, Clergy, Sexuality, Renewal Judaism, Communal Organization

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: 37/636

Page Number(s): 4-5

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Weissler, Chava. Disciples, Rebbes, and Jewish Renewal. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media). December 2006: 4-5. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=6139


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