I want to be Reform Rabbi. I also want to be an expert liturgy. I also want to be a reforming Reform Jew.
Steps previously identified:
1. Finish college
2. Master’s in liturgy
3. Rabbinical school.
Problem: I believe that a Rabbi ought to be able to pick up a sidur, a tanach, a page of talmud and be able to make sense of them. I also believe Rabbis should speak Hebrew ably.
I’ve been thinking lately that the real problem in our movement is an inability to take ourselves seriously. We complain that more traditional streams of Judaism don’t take us seriously, but we don’t even take ourselves seriously. We don’t take liturgy seriously, we don’t take education seriously, and we certainly don’t take Reform ideology seriously.
What I mean when I say that I want to be a reforming Reform Jew is that I want to reverse this. I want to make myself an example of what a Reform Jew who takes being a Reform Jew seriously looks like. I feel that to do any less than learn to speak Modern Hebrew, and learn to translate sidurim, tanachim, and talmud would be to do less than take myself, as a future Rabbi seriously.
Problem: I’m gonna guess that to do a graduate program in liturgy will require me to do three of those things (talmud, sidur, tanach). And I just don’t when I’m gonna learn to do those things. I’m concerned that I there’s no way for me, here at Drew, to learn to do these things.