Communal Governance, Lay and Rabbinic: An Overview
A paper delivered at the Orthodox Forum's 15th conference, dedicated to Rabbinic and Lay Communal Authority, held in March 2003. The event explored the topic of the tensions between rabbinic and lay communal authority from Jewish religio-legal, historical, political, and sociological perspectives. It was a fascinating look at the development over time and across religio-legal perspectives of the role of king, rav, rosh yeshiva, and kahal and to see how confrontation with modernity— and in particular, the American emphasis on autonomy and choice — impacts on the current dynamic, even in the most extremely conservative of Orthodox communities.
Ed. by Suzanne Last Stone, professor of law and director of the program in Jewish Law and Interdisciplinary Studies at Yeshiva University’s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law