What Is Rabbinic Ordination? III

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It is interesting to note that, according to R. Moshe Tendler’s recollection (link), when R. Samuel Belkin convinced the at-the-time young Rabbi Tendler to take the first Orthodox pulpit in Long Island, the President of Yeshiva University cited the Arukh Ha-Shulchan I quoted in an earlier post (link), who says that the main function of ordination today is to certify a rabbi for serving in a pulpit.

For more on this pulpit, see R. Victor Geller, Orthodoxy Awakens: The Belkin Era and Yeshiva University.

About Gil Student

Rabbi Gil Student is the Editor of TorahMusings.com, a leading website on Orthodox Jewish scholarly subjects, and the Book Editor of the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Action magazine. He writes a popular column on issues of Jewish law and thought featured in newspapers and magazines, including The Jewish Link, The Jewish Echo and The Vues. In the past, he has served as the President of the small Jewish publisher Yashar Books and as the Managing Editor of OU Press. Rabbi Student currently is serving his third term on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America and also serves as the Director of the Halacha Commission of the Rabbinical Alliance of America. He serves on the Editorial Board of Jewish Action magazineand the Board of OU Press. He has published four English books, the most recent titled Search Engine volume 2: Finding Meaning in Jewish Texts -- Jewish Leadership, and served as the American editor for Morasha Kehillat Yaakov: Essays in Honour of Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.

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