Category: Jewish Thought, Theology, and Machshava

I first heard the term “gadolatry” attributed to the late professor Arthur Hertzberg. A portmanteau of “gadol” and “idolatry,” the word “gadolatry” refers to a perceived phenomenon in Orthodox Judaism where select rabbinic leaders are treated with a degree of deference or reverence, bordering on worshipping the person of the rabbi himself. That Dr. Hertzberg would coin such an inflammatory term is not surprising given his personality, such that any reactions of offense or outrage are as intentional as they are predictable. However, it has been my experience that those strong passions on either side have turned the reasonable question of the role of the gadol in Judaism into the single greatest impediment to intelligent religious discourse in the Orthodox Jewish community.

While I have no expectations of resolving this divisive issue, I do hope to explicate the rationales implied when one invokes a gadol, and why others may find such an argument unconvincing.

Jewish Culture Jewish Law / Halakha Jewish Thought, Theology, and Machshava Random Acts of Scholarship

Jewish History Jewish Thought, Theology, and Machshava Politics of Exclusion in Judaism

Jewish Thought, Theology, and Machshava Politics of Exclusion in Judaism Sermons, Lectures, and Divrei Torah

Jewish History Jewish Thought, Theology, and Machshava Lectures Politics of Exclusion in Judaism Sermons, Lectures, and Divrei Torah

Jewish Law / Halakha Jewish Thought, Theology, and Machshava Podcasts Politics of Exclusion in Judaism Sermons, Lectures, and Divrei Torah

Jewish History Jewish Thought, Theology, and Machshava Podcasts Politics of Exclusion in Judaism Random Acts of Scholarship Sermons, Lectures, and Divrei Torah

Jewish Law / Halakha Jewish Thought, Theology, and Machshava Podcasts Politics of Exclusion in Judaism Sermons, Lectures, and Divrei Torah

Jewish Law / Halakha Jewish Thought, Theology, and Machshava Podcasts Politics of Exclusion in Judaism Sermons, Lectures, and Divrei Torah

Jewish Law / Halakha Jewish Thought, Theology, and Machshava Lectures Podcasts Politics of Exclusion in Judaism Sermons, Lectures, and Divrei Torah

Jewish History Jewish Law / Halakha Jewish Thought, Theology, and Machshava Lectures Podcasts Politics Sermons, Lectures, and Divrei Torah