Of the last 10 weddings that you attended, 4 of the newlyweds will likely experience a diagnosable mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder.
Synagogue has little in common with the evangelical mega-church, known for its large crowds, pop music, testimony and taste for modern technology. But if author Stephen Fried is right, there’s much synagogues could learn about caring for people with mental illness from Saddleback.
On September 7, the online magazine Slate published an article titled “Will the Great American Rabbi Please Stand Up?” which argued that, in the words of its author, Shmuel Rosner, “great American rabbis seem to be a thing of the past.” Indeed, the article surmises that “Jewish America seems to have lost its chance to foster home-grown rabbinical sages.” We were curious just how many people would agree with Rosner’s assessment of the state of Jewish America today. The Forward asked rabbis, authors and scholars to weigh in on the article. Here’s what some of them had to say: