Why I Gave Up My Congregation:
Has the Community Repudiated its Rabbis?
This is the story of one who underwent a common experience, but found that it changed the trend of his life.
The outward facts were simple: I volunteered as a chaplain in the army. At the time, I thought I was leaving the path of my career for a temporary diversion. If and when I returned, I would come back to my starting point, back to the rabbinate. But something happened. Physically, I am back where I started; mentally, I am on a different plane and can no longer continue in the old path.
As the personal experience of one individual, this may or may not be interesting—but as such it is not important. However, I have met others who went through similar experiences in the past war. They, too, have come out unwilling to return to their rabbinic duties. And since we do not have enough rabbis on the American Jewish scene, my individual experience may be of some use in understanding what may be happening in many Jewish communities.
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