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Rebbe, the Messiah, and the Scandal of Orthodox IndifferenceWith a New Introduction$
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David Berger

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781904113751

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781904113751.001.0001

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What Must Be Done?

What Must Be Done?

(p.143) Fourteen What Must Be Done?
Rebbe, the Messiah, and the Scandal of Orthodox Indifference

David Berger

Liverpool University Press

This chapter proposes some solutions to the fundamental transformation of Judaism. The most important principle is that no messianist should be treated as an Orthodox rabbi or functionary in good standing. No messianist should serve as a communal or synagogue rabbi, or appointed as Jewish Studies principal or teacher in an Orthodox yeshiva. In addition, messianist institutions, no matter how many ‘good things’ they do, must be excluded from the Orthodox community. If the messianic faith of Judaism is to survive intact, these guidelines must be followed even in difficult cases. The chapter then turns to more detailed issues of Jewish ritual law. The messianist belief in itself, with its abolition of Judaism's criteria for identifying the Messiah, is seen by some as heresy.

Keywords:   Judaism, messianists, Orthodox rabbi, Jewish Studies, Orthodox yeshiva, messianist institutions, Orthodox community, Jewish ritual law, messianist belief, Messiah

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