Rabbis who sign xenophibic fatwas, rabbis who think discriminating against less religious girls in Immanuel is good, and rabbis who run nationalist yeshivas on the West Bank, deserve no respect. Rabbis who protect Palistinian farmers from settler violence, rabbis who work to build peace, the Jewish state and the Palastinain state, rabbis who look upon religion as a font of wisdom and not a license to exercise some of humanity's nastier traits, are to be looked on with awe. The simple title of Rabbi does not by itself suggest one type or the other no more than the title parish priest tells you whether the bearer is a saint or the bearer is leading an anti-semitic pogrom from some pulpit in Poland. People need to be judged on their own individual merits, and anyone who thinks that conferring a title of rabbi, priest, mullah or other cleric automatically makes its bearer knowledgable, wise and worthy needs to get over their disappointment and come into the real world.
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