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Must one be married to qualify as a rabbi?

by Rabbi Simcha Bart

  

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With regards to Torah obligations, rabbis are no different than any other Jew—whichever rules apply to all Jews apply to rabbis as well, and vice versa.


That being said, every Jew is obligated to marry. The first Mitzvah in the Torah is: “Be fruitful and multiply.”


Rabbis are no different than any other Jew—whichever rules apply to all Jews apply to rabbis as well, and vice versa
Yet if for whatever reason a candidate for the rabbinate hasn’t yet found his soul mate, that doesn’t automatically disqualify him.


[Still it would be up to the individual congregation to decide if they wish to hire someone who hasn’t “settled down” yet.]


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Mitzvah
(pl. Mitzvot). A commandment from G-d. Mitzvah also means a connection, for a Jew connects with G–d through fulfilling His commandments.
Torah
Torah is G–d’s teaching to man. In general terms, we refer to the Five Books of Moses as “The Torah.” But in truth, all Jewish beliefs and laws are part of the Torah.