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10 Shevat 5763

Finding the best Rabbi


Rabbi Berel Wein

Question:
Must the son of a rabbi be given the job of shul rabbi upon the death of his father or may a shul search for the best candidate that may or may not include a rabbi who is the son of its now deceased rabbi?

Answer:
There is great rabbinic dispute regrding this matter. The Chatam Sofer himself has two different answers to the dilemma in his teshuvot. I think that the prevailing opinion is that all things being equal a son should be able to take over his father's rabbinic position. The problem is that rarely are all things equal. Thanks for writing.

Rabbi Wein


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