Should Rabbis need a license
I strongly believe that any person working as a Rabbi needs to have a license in addition to their Rabbinical Ordinance. And this license should be renewed on a regular basis. Why? Because they are serving the public and people have great trust in them. And as we have seen in to many cases with Rabbis. They are abusing vulnerable people because they can, and they know that people trust them. Many times, without question their motives or the inappropriate behavior that they suggest.
And why should they not need a license when for example tour guides, real estate agents, doctors and lawyers need it to practice?
If you can give a good answer, be my guest!
The last Rabbi was Rav Shmuel Tal, the Head of Yeshivat Torat Chaim in Yad Binyamin. Even though he had having inappropriate relationships with female followers, major leading Rabbis still agree that he can continue to teach and head his Yeshiva but not seek any guidance from him.
But he is not the only Rabbi. We have for example:
- Moti Elon that abused boys in his Yeshiva not once but twice. The second time after he was welcomed back again.
- Ezra Sheinberg former head of the Orot HaAri Yeshiva in Safed. Convinced of sexual crimes against 8 women.
- Eliezer Berland head of the Shuvu Bonim sect for improper sexual relations with women.
Looking forward to your comments!