What Are The Roles Of Rabbis In Their Community?
It’s very important to recognize the difference between a priest and Rabbi in the Jewish sense of term. A Rabbi is not conferred with a holy status and a special authority to carry out sacred rituals. He is just like any other member of Jewish Community, but with a greater amount of knowledge than the others.
Rabbi is simply a preacher and a leader who is sufficiently educated in Jewish Law (Halakhah) and tradition. His main duty is to be an instructor and assistant for the congregants who seek for advice regarding the religious activities.
After obtaining the Rabbinical ordination or Smicha, he’s authorized to make firm decisions at the synagogue. His role is not only confined to being a spiritual leader, but an educator, a counselor and a role model.
Typical duties of an ordained Rabbi include leading spiritual services such as officiating at life-cycle events of Bat Mitzvahs and Bar Mitzvahs, weddings, funerals, baby naming ceremonies, High Holiday and Shabbat services on Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah.
A Rabbi is more than just an officiator of religious observances. He is the one required to encourage growth, and foster unity amongst his respective congregation. He should always be there to endorse Jewish community and self-esteem amid his congregants.
He needs to stand up as a leader and look into the crowd as to what can be done to better serve the community and the people in both religious and social aspects. Some people need a supportive shoulder, while others require counseling. The job of a Rabbi is to make his congregants believe in the power of Lord, and how patience, hard work and worship is the key to success.
All these are instilled and personified in the spirit of Torah. A Rabbi is akin to a tour guide who leads the congregation towards living a religiously and ethically productive life.