Another List of 50 Influential Rabbis, All Women – Windows & Doors

Imagine if more and more people were capable of either making or identifying with a list of 50 rabbis or other Jewish teachers who they would describe as meaningfully influential in their own lives or in the world as a whole. The issue would no longer be who is on what list and in what position, but rather the fact that rabbis and Jewish teachers are actually engaging serious numbers of people in ways beyond personal ritual service providing.

Both of these lists are peopled with men and women who are animated by a vision which is bigger than even their own rabbinate. They are people who think big about Jewishness, about how it can contribute to the world as a whole, about the audiences it can reach, and about the fact that creation, not preservation, is the primary challenge of Jewish life.

Anyone who focuses attention on those issues is to be congratulated. So, I say ‘Mazel Tov’ to my teachers, colleagues and friends on the Sisterhood’s list, and many thanks to the sisterhood for compiling it.

Now let me suggest that you go out and make your own list of 50 spiritual teachers who you think are worthy of recognition. As you construct your own list, pay attention not only to who is on the list, but why you put them there. In doing so, you will discover the underpinnings of your own spiritual orientation and know how to pursue it more fully and more effectively. Not a bad pay off for a few hours work!