Joan Friedman (associate chaplain) quoted in Washington Post.

Rabbi Joan Friedman, associate chaplain, was quoted in the July 27 Washington Post about the history of rabbis.

“The position of rabbi isn’t mentioned in the Torah, but the word literally means ‘my master,’ someone who has mastered a certain amount of learning,” Friedman told the Post. “Until the last few hundred years, rabbis didn’t visit the sick, lead Sabbath services or give weekly sermons—all things most Jews expect today from their rabbi. Members of the Jewish community performed those functions.”

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Rabbi Joan Friedman, associate chaplain, was quoted in the July 27 Washington Post about the history of rabbis.

“The position of rabbi isn’t mentioned in the Torah, but the word literally means ‘my master,’ someone who has mastered a certain amount of learning,” Friedman told the Post. “Until the last few hundred years, rabbis didn’t visit the sick, lead Sabbath services or give weekly sermons—all things most Jews expect today from their rabbi. Members of the Jewish community performed those functions.”