Question #1: The inherited shofar
“Our shul’s longstanding shofar blower passed on. Are we required to appoint his son, when we would prefer to appoint a different master blaster?”
Question #2: I’d like a change!
“Is there a halachic reason why, in some communities, people hold their appointments on shul and school boards forever, whereas, in other communities, these positions are constantly rotated?”
Question #3: Long live the Rabbi!
“When a rav passes on, does his son have a claim to the position?”
Leaders must set up clear goals and press forward to fulfill them. We lack leaders because we do not have clear goals, and we do not have clear goals because we lack able leadership. We must work toward clarifying the foundations of our outlook.
Why do the Rabbis of today not stand up with strength and courage like the Maccabees, and lead the Jewish people in a religious reawakening and an all-out war with the Arab enemy? Shouldn't the spiritual leaders be the ones who lead the nation?
Is it even conceivable that Torah leaders be told not to voice their opinion on questions which effect so significantly the future of the nation? Not only are rabbis permitted to voice the opinion of the Torah, they are obligated.
We are witness today, on the one hand, to a process of liberation from confining frameworks. On the other hand, we find a desire for a great leader. Concepts which appear at first sight to be paradoxical, are actually two sides to the same coin...
The whole concept of Jewish national pride must be totally reconstructed. True, our Sages teach that a person should "flee from honor," but this is said in reference to personal honor. Israel's national honor must be staunchly protected.