Semicha and Sanhedrin Controversies of the 16th and 21st Centuries
An explanation of the various halachic underpinnings of the Sanhedrin, including:
What are the roles and responsibilities of the Sanhedrin?
What exactly is semicha, and why is it such a central factor in the creation of the Sanhedrin?
What attempts have been made in the last hundreds of years to reconvene a Sanhedrin and reestablish semicha?
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?”