The Berman Jewish Policy Archive at NYU Wagner presents a lecture by Rabbi Dr. Rachel Shabat Beit-Halachmi, Vice President, Shalom Hartman Institute-North America, Israel Department.

Jewish spiritual leadership in an age of uncertainty, experimentation and creativity has led rabbis across the denominational spectrum to seek significant additional training and spiritual development. What role is text study playing in these initiatives and how does it serve the rabbinic soul in our time? What role does scholarship play? Spiritual practice? Political/social action? Given the intensity of these initiatives and their indisputable impact on the rabbi, what is the impact on the communities they serve and on North American Jewry as a whole?