For Jewish, the Rabbi figure is considered one of the most important within this religion, not only for its wisdom but also for its commitment with the commandments given by the religious texts. This significant figure is mainly responsible for a better understanding of the meaning of being Jew, and for guiding Jewish people through the Jewish philosophy and all its directives.
Since Judaism foundation, there have been multiple important Rabbis, like Maimonides, an influential and philosopher Rabbi from the Middle Ages, better known for his works in the rabbinic law. Another important Rabbi was Menachem Mendel Schneerson, a great Jewish leader responsible for the support of the Jewish community around the world, after the Holocaust. Also is the Rabbi Yosef Shalom Eliashiv, who worked the Jewish communities around the world, and was considered a great Jewish leader until his death in 2012.
In this article, we will talk about some of the most transcendental rabbis today for the Reconstructionist movement, which puts Judaism as an evolving civilization. These people are significant, not only for their knowledge and understanding about Judaism but also for their influence in other social ambits, like political, educational or cultural.
Rabbi Dan Ehrenkrantz is currently the president of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Pennsylvania, a very important educational institution for the formation in different rabbinic programs, like Jewish ethics nor Jewish women’s and gender lessons. Since 2013, Rabbi Dan Ehrenkrantz has worked as the leader of this important Jewish foundation.
The Rabbi Dan Ehrenkrantz, has a bachelor degree in Religion, from the Tufts University in Massachusetts, and he has a Hebrew Letters degree from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. Through his career, Ehrenkrantz has been a very imperative character for Jews in our time, due to his writings about the meaning of being Jew and the Reconstructionist movement.
Besides his works about the Reconstructionist movement, Ehrenkrantz has written for different Jewish publications and magazines, like the Jewish week, or the Jerusalem Report, about the Jewish practices and the commandments and learnings of Judaism. In the last years, he has been considered one of the most influential and prominent Rabbis in America and the world.
Sandy Eisenberg Sasso
She is one of the most important figures in the Reconstructionist movement, and the first woman designed Rabbi. Besides her ideas and works about the Reconstructionist Judaism, Rabbi Sasso has produced different texts and books for children about Judaism and its philosophy.
The rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso studied at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, where she started to be more and more involved in the Reconstructionist movement. When she was studying in this institution, she met the Rabbi Dennis Sasso, marrying him and becoming the first couple formed by two Rabbis.
As we mentioned, Sasso has published multiple Jewish works for children. Among his most important texts, we can see God’s Paintbrush (1992), A Prayer for the Earth: The Story of Naamah, Noah’s Wife (1996), Cain and Abel: Finding the Fruits of Peace (2001), Adam and Eve’s First Sunset: God’s New Day (2003), or The Shema in the Mezuzah: Listening to Each Other (2012).
Besides her texts and publications, Sasso has earned different awards, like the Best books of the year in 1995, for her work “But God Remembered: Stories of Women from Creation to the Promised Land”, the Sagamore of the Wabash, or the Helen Keating Ott, for her remarkable efforts in children’s literature.
She has been working for almost ten years in the connection between Judaism and other religions like the Islam or Christianity. Since 2008, Rabbi Tina Grimberg has led all these inter-religious programs in Canada.
Besides her work with other religions, Grimberg has worked with different social and community problems, like poverty, and domestic and women violence. In 2001, she ordained as Rabbi in the Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion, which is the oldest institution for Jewish in America, and considered one of the most important in the world.
Currently, she dedicates almost all her efforts in different social activities, working with multiple associations for the protection of families, women, and children, like the Jewish Family & Child Services, or Jewish Women International in Canada. In addition, she is part of the Interfaith Social Assistance Reform Coalition.
Furthermore, Grimberg wrote a very recognized book in Canada, called “Out of Line Growing Up Soviet”, which has won different awards, like the Frances and Samuel Stein Memorial Award or the book of the year in Canada (1995).
In this post, we talked about three important Rabbis from the Reconstructionist Judaism in our time, which have not only developed new ideas about this religion and its evolution but also have worked for the Jewish teachings and directives. Moreover, these significant Rabbis, have participated in multiple social and educational activities, helping Jewish and other people around the planet.
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