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At Last, State-of-the-Art Rabbis Made in Germany

An ordination service at a Berlin synagogue. Coming just after the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the school is a significant step in post-Holocaust Jewish revival, Spiegel points out. At last, they're paying the glass bill.

An ordination service at a Berlin synagogue. Coming just after the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the school is a significant step in post-Holocaust Jewish revival, Spiegel points out. At last, they're paying the glass bill.
Photo Credit: Der Spiegel

A Plea

Delete me please, / delete me absolutely / from da list,

no more Iz-rah-el, no more / Jewish blood, no / more history,

just no-ting, / quiet, peace,

delete me, just delete, / I beg you, please,

(from the Forward)

Kosman wants his school’s approach to influence the rabbinate in other countries – particularly his native Israel, where he sees a serious spiritual crisis among what he describes as the “broken dream” of Zionism.

Now we’re talking.

Within this broken dream thing, says Kosman, Israel is growing dangerously fundamentalist, “competing at the moment with Iran in many areas.”

Spoken like a level headed scientist, with no axes to grind whatsoever. One can imagine the gallows in the city squares in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, just like in Iran, where homosexuals and other enemies of the religion are hanged every week. It’s obvious, isn’t it – Israel is almost like Iran.

“Orthodox and ultra-Orthodox rabbis in Israel can be closed off and arrogant,” he says. And to show what he means by closed off and arrogant, he gives an example of what it is to be condescending, Berlin-style:

“Imagine if Israeli rabbis were aware of Kant and of post-modern theory? It would generate a different politics, their relationship to the Arab and the secular person next to them would be different.”

Everybody got that he knows Kant? How about the post-modern thing, you dig?

I believe that even more direly needed in Kosman’s case is the unique skillset first offered by another exalted German Jew who dabbled in Kant, Herr Professor Sigmund Freud. Start at twice weekly and continue from there.

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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4 Responses to “At Last, State-of-the-Art Rabbis Made in Germany”

  1. Sarah Williams says:

    Love it! Nailed the snarky arrogance of the elitist!

  2. Kosman deserves more than two snippets. Like an extensive interview.

  3. Ch Hoffman says:

    Does anyone really want a "government backed" school of Jewish theology anywhere in the world?

  4. I never understood why any Jew would settle in Europe after the Holocaust. There is something and macabre and masochistic about it. What are those people trying to prove? Where is Sigmund Freud when we need him?

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