Top Ten Ways to be a Great Rabbi



In honor of my husband, who’s a pretty great rabbi, I offer Synablog’s Letterman-style “Top Ten Ways to be a Great Rabbi.”

Number 10: Know your stuff. Be a student of Jewish texts, of Jewish history, of Jewish peoplehood.

Number 9. Be a teacher. Open up the vast sea of Jewish tradition and knowledge for your students – young and adult.

Number 8. Craft your sermons to inspire your people. Say something on Shabbos and Yom Tov that people can use in their lives every day.

Number 7. Create a synagogue – a kehillah kedoshah – a sacred community of meaning and purpose. Build a “congregation of priests,” of people who see themselves as God’s partners on earth.

Number 6. Stand for social justice. Do not be afraid to speak out against injustice – of any kind.

Number 5. Love the State of Israel. Take your people there. Show them the vitality of the Jewish homeland.

Number 4. Love your family, especially your devoted partner in building sacred community.

Number 3. When you first retire, move to a mountaintop and build yourself a house! Show it off proudly to your visitors…in excruciating detail…down to every nail that you yourself hammered into the structure.

Number 2. Never retire….be there for those who need you.

And, the Number One thing you can do to be a great rabbi is cherish the relationships you create with your congregants and your colleagues.

About Monique

Chocoholic, jazz head ... prone to rants, and a professional pitbull. I married a terrific guy who happens to be a rabbi, so I guess that makes me a rebbetzin. Who saw that one coming? My grandparents survived the Shoah and spent their lives in the service of others. On my best days, I walk in their footsteps.
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2 Responses to Top Ten Ways to be a Great Rabbi

  1. VirginiaMary says:

    Monique;How Beautifully inspiring. That we could all love one another with the love you have seen in your Husband as a Rabbi.That I am attain such gifts & attributes as I study Torah4Ever.You as his wife to see these gifts of goodness are full of them your self. Blessings upon both of you.VirginiaMary Sajdera

  2. VirginiaMary says:

    Oye! Our Creator forgive me.That I may attain. Not that I am attain. Oye!

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