Every now and then an issue arises and people start arguing about whether we should call someone Rabbi Someone, “Rabbi” Someone, or just Someone. So, here’s the question – what’s a reasonable way to define rabbi? Only someone that knows kol hatorah kulah (your shul rav probably won’t make the cut), knows yoreh deah (maybe your rosh yeshiva wouldn’t even make it), has learned seriously for 10+ years? knows at least chumash, rashi, and most important sugyas, but it’s ok if he doesn’t know kodshim and zraim? or taharose?
I’ve people write things like, well he doesn’t know all of shas, or something like that, but by that standard, there are many frum “Rabbis” that we could probably agree are not actually rabbis. I have certainly met many unquestionably frum rabbis that wouldn’t know the difference between brachose and bechorose (and bikurim). Or wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between a mechilta and medrash rabbah.
A rabbi should be smart enough to know what he does not know, see the RMA Yorei Deah 242 13-14 about the need for semicha.
Um…people with smicha?
has been granted s’micha and own the Teudas S’micha.
Today alot of Rabbis actually do alot more counseling than paskinim
In Lakewood anyone who is learning in BMG is called rabbi. That doesn’t mean he can paskin, or knows everything. I suppose if someone who learned in Lakewood wants to be a pulpit rabbi, he can get smicha from his rosh yeshiva.
Anyone with smicha can call himself rabbi.
In fact, anyone with smicha can give anyone else smicha and make more rabbis.
Joseph; “anyone else”?
Does anyone whether MR. Aron kotler, the ceo of bmg has smicha?
How about Mr. Moshe zev weisberg ,the heaf of the Bmg/Lakewood Vaad
Takes: Yes, they have smicha.
Uncle: Anyone they, in their own judgement, deem qualified.
Joseph what level semicha and who did they receive it from?