The Other Kind of Clergy Abuse: When Congregations or Individual Congregants with Social Pathologies Abuse Their Clergy

During my fifteen years in the practicing rabbinate and ten years as a practicing attorney, I have encountered – both first-hand and, as a result of my open discussion of those experiences, through the parallel and often horrifying experiences that many colleagues and even clients have shared with me – a whispered subject that shames American Jewish life: Clergy Abuse. In its Jewish dimension, I use the term “Clergy Abuse” to describe the shameful, disgraceful, and painful efforts by ...

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Give Your Rabbi a Break

Please note: This article was republished (and commented on by Rabbi Dov) from the original article published by Rabbi Shmuley Botech on the website: here.

Every time I meet a rabbi or pastor who now is a full-time stock broker, a realtor, an entrepreneur with a storefront business or an export-import firm (not to mention a lawyer, an accountant, or even a therapist) — and I ask why they left the rabbinate — the answer typically is the ...

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Courage Under Fire: So How Does A Jew Respond When Caught Unexpectedly In ALoshon Horo Environment?

One of the most difficult aspects of Jewish life is dealing with the grave sin of loshon horo. The Chofetz Chaim, author of the Mishneh B’rurah compendium on the Shulchan Arukh that serves as the defining halakhic work for Ashkenazic Jewry in the modern era, nevertheless attached his name to his other great life’s work – on the laws of loshon horo. He felt that tackling the complexity of loshon horo law was the greater contribution he made in ...

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The End of the Rabbi As Mr. Nice Guy

Please Note: This article is a reprint from the original article published by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach in the website. Rabbi Dov Fischer’s comments are displayed at the end of this post.

Presenting directly after me at a recent conference in Malaga, Spain, was legendary Apple Macintosh promoter Guy Kawasaki who said something memorable and counterintuitive about marketing: Seek to polarize your audience. Stated differently, never fear factionalizing your public into those who love you and those who don’t.

It’s something ...

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Clergy Abuse at The Gates of Perdition: An Amalgam – Part 1 of 7

The Ohaiv Sholom Congregation:
An Amalgam of Rabbinical Experiences

As Narrated in the First Person
by Rabbi Aaron Weiss
Former Rabbi of Cong. Ohaiv Sholom of Paducah, Kentucky*

“Free at Last.
Free at Last.
Thank G-d Almig-ty
I’m Free at Last!”

* There is no such congregation and probably is no major Jewish community altogether in the city of Paducah.  The name of “Rabbi Aaron Weiss” and all other names in ...

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