Sefer Barkai

Sefer Barkai
The Barkai Center for Practical Rabbinics / 295 pages

The Barkai Center for Practical Rabbinics, founded by my friends and colleagues, Rabbis David Fine and Shlomo Sobel, aims to improve the fabric of Israeli society by intensively training Israeli rabbis in all aspects of communal rabbinics so that they can lead their communities to a more meaningful connection with Judaism and act as a unifying force in Israeli society. Based in Modiin, the Barkai Center trains Religious-Zionist rabbis to become communal professionals with the skills needed to build and lead communities in Israel.

As part of their initiatives, they recently released their first sefer (Hebrew) containing over 20 halachic essays concerning synagogue and rabbinic life, contributed by their avreichim and other prominent rabbinic leaders. Among the topics:

1. The Halachic Status of a Synagogue
2. Hashavat Aveida Among Congregants
3. Designs on the Parochet
4. Lo Titgodedu
5. Secular Jews in Synagogue Life
6. The Role of the Rabbi
7. How Rabbis Should Deal with Opposition
8. The Dignity of the Rabbi in the Eyes of the Community
9. Laws Concerning a Sefer Torah
10. Holding a Brit on Shabbat that is Likely to Cause Chillul Shabbat

…and more!

All the essays are clear and easy to follow. It is certain to be of use to community rabbis. Very well done!

For more information, or to order a copy of the sefer at a subsidized price:

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