In Imperial Russia the Czar appointed rabbinical authoriities to keep tabs on the Jews. They were called Rabbiners, men who had just enough knowledge of Judaism to be able to answer kitbag questionss, recording vital data for the Czarist government. Most of the people who are identified as "rabbis" by the anti-Haredi media do not serve any community,more thqan they are Torah Scholars who either study at Institutes of Higher Jewish Studiess aka Yeshivot , or they might even be Ba'ley Batim who "look like" Haredi rabbis and are gainfully employed, thank you very much For the record, Rabbi Avaraham Shapira was the director of the Institue of Higher Torah Studies called Mercaz Ha Rav, until he became the Chief Rabbi. When they discovered that,, one he reached an age where he would have been required to retire, hey waived that limitation, and two, he never took the examination that a candidate for the rabbinate must tke to be eligible for a position "as a rabbi". Even more insstructive, is the role that the Hazon Ish of Bnei B'rak served in the early days of State, considered the most authoritiative rabbinial authority in the land, never serving on any "ofificall" capacity, anywhere. As in so many cases in our public life, religous and otherwise, as Rabbi Steinman, one of the quietest, yet most outso9ken leaders in the Haredi world, who dos not serve n synagogue, nor does he aspire to a pulpit, describes the lust for power amung some so-called rspokespeople, its "Gaiveh", or, if your prefer the Greek-Hubris.
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